Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner operates, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your home fresh. This refrigerant is bound by environmental laws, since it contains chemicals.

Based on when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Crestview, as well as how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

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

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably uses Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 850-250-0335. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your residence. This sticker will contain details on what model of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also known as 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 regulates 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 varies. If your air conditioning is operating fine, you can continue to keep it. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling bills!

If you keep your air conditioner, it may lead to difficulties if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be pricier, since only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

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

However, Puron still has the possibility to contribute to global warming. As a consequence, it could also sometime be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some brands have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming potential—around 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 may be sent on to you through your cooling bills.

Gordon Air Conditioning Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you very much until you have to have repairs. But as we reviewed earlier, repairs connected to refrigerant may be more costly because of the restricted amounts that are accessible.

Not to mention, your air conditioner usually needs repair at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re experiencing a lot of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we advise upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and could even lower your electrical expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Gordon Air Conditioning has many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 850-250-0335 to get started right away with a free estimate.