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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your residence cool. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental regulation, as it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was put in, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Huntsville, plus how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It No Longer Being Made?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it possibly uses Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 256-801-4701. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your house. This sticker will have details on what type of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, barred its manufacture and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It depends. If your air conditioning is cooling properly, you can continue to run it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling bills!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it can create a problem if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be higher-priced, since only small amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the end of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it needs an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to contribute to global warming. Because of that, it may also sometime be phased out. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some brands have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy consumption by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be passed on to you through your utility costs.

All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we went over previously, refrigerant-related repairs can be pricier since there are the low quantities available.

Aside from that, your air conditioner often needs repair at the worst time, typically on the warmest day when we’re getting lots of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we suggest upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and can even decrease your utility bills, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 256-801-4701 to get started right away with a free estimate.

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