Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it requires refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, as it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Chatsworth, in addition to how these phaseouts affect you.

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

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it probably has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 706-695-7492. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will include information on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, barred its manufacture 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 run it. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling bills!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it could cause an issue if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be higher-priced, since only reduced quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, most new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Since it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to lead to global warming. Because of that, it might also sometime be ended. 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 manufacturers have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy expenditure by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be forwarded on to you through your electrical costs.

True Temp Heating & Air Inc Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we talked about earlier, refrigerant repairs could be more expensive because of the restricted amounts available.

Not to mention, your air conditioner typically needs repair at the worst time, frequently on the warmest day when we’re getting lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we advise upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and can even decrease your utility costs, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, True Temp Heating & Air Inc has many financing options to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 706-695-7492 to start now with a free estimate.