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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your home fresh. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, because of the chemicals it contains.

Depending on when your air conditioner was added to your home, 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 Columbus, in addition to how these phaseouts affect you.

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

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it possibly uses Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by reaching us at 614-451-0846. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your residence. This sticker will have information on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, banned its creation and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It differs. If your air conditioning is operating fine, you can continue to use it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning 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 summertime cooling costs!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it might cause a problem if you have to have air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be more expensive, because only reduced quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the end of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Because it needs an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to lead to global warming. As a result, it might also eventually be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

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

In preparation of the discontinuation, some brands have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming possibility—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy use by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be sent on to you through your utility bills.

Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you need repairs. But as we reviewed beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant could be more expensive due to the limited amounts that are accessible.

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

If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we advise getting a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a trouble-free summer and may even lower your utility costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling has many financing programs to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 614-451-0846 to begin now with a free estimate.

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