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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner works, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental regulation, as it contains chemicals.

Based on when your air conditioner was put in, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Kearney, in addition to how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Discontinued?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 308-624-3485. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will contain details on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which controls refrigerants in the United States, banned its production and import in January 2020.

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

It varies. If your air conditioning is working as designed, you can continue to keep it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling bills!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it can cause difficulties if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be higher-priced, as only reduced amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the phaseout of R-22, most new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it needs a varying pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to contribute to global warming. Because of that, it may also ultimately be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some manufacturers have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming possibility—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy consumption by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be forwarded on to you through your cooling costs.

Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you greatly until you have to have repairs. But as we went over earlier, repairs connected to refrigerant may be more costly due to the limited quantities on hand.

In addition to that, your air conditioner frequently malfunctions at the worst time, often on the hottest day when we’re getting a lot of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we advise getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and can even decrease your utility bills, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning provides many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 308-624-3485 to get started now with a free estimate.

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