Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your house cold. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, because of the chemicals it contains.

Depending on when your air conditioner was installed, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Lawrence, as well as how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it possibly contains Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 785-269-0465. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your house. This sticker will include details on what model of refrigerant your AC uses.

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

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It differs. If your air conditioning is running properly, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system 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 annual cooling bills!

If you keep your air conditioner, it can lead to difficulties if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, because only reduced amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the end of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer strong. As it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to create global warming. Because of that, it could also ultimately be ended. 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 phaseout, some manufacturers have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming likelihood—about 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 might be forwarded on to you through your utility expenses.

Scott Temperature Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you require repairs. But as we discussed beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant can be more expensive due to the restricted levels on hand.

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

If your air conditioner relies on an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we advise installing an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a trouble-free summer and can even reduce your energy costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Scott Temperature has many financing options to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 785-269-0465 to get started now with a free estimate.