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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it requires refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental rules, as it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Murrieta, in addition to how these phaseouts affect you.

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

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it likely uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner has it by reaching us at 951-299-9853. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your house. This sticker will contain details on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also called R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that leads to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which controls refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its manufacture and import in January 2020.

I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?

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

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it may lead to difficulties if you require air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be more expensive, because only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer in good shape. As it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Take the Place of R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some companies have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming possibility—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy expenditure 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 energy expenses.

Cool Air Solutions Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you have to have repairs. But as we mentioned previously, repairs connected to refrigerant can be pricier due to the reduced quantities on hand.

Aside from that, your air conditioner usually malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re receiving lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we advise installing an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a hassle-free summer and might even decrease your utility costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Cool Air Solutions has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 951-299-9853 to start now with a free estimate.

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