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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your house cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental regulation, because of the chemicals it contains.

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

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 785-269-0465. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will include details on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

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

I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?

It varies. If your air conditioning is running correctly, you can continue to keep it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports 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 might create difficulties if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, since only limited amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer strong. Because it needs a different 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. As a consequence, it could also ultimately be phased out. Although it hasn’t been announced 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 manufacturers have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming potential—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy use by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be forwarded on to you through your cooling expenses.

Scott Temperature Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you need repairs. But as we reviewed earlier, refrigerant-related repairs might be more expensive due to the restricted levels available.

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

If your air conditioner relies on an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we suggest upgrading to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a hassle-free summer and can even reduce your electrical costs, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Scott Temperature provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 785-269-0465 to begin right away with a free estimate.

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