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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner functions, but it requires refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in South Beloit and Belvidere, plus how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it probably has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner uses it by contacting us at 877-389-2465. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will have information on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which controls refrigerants in the United States, barred its manufacture and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It differs. If your air conditioning is operating correctly, you can continue to keep it. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC 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 annual cooling bills!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could lead to difficulties if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be pricier, because only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the discontinuation of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it requires a different 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 eventually be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some manufacturers have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming possibility—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy consumption by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be passed on to you through your electrical bills.

Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you have to have repairs. But as we reviewed beforehand, refrigerant-related repairs may be more costly because of the limited quantities available.

In addition to that, your air conditioner usually malfunctions at the worst time, often on the warmest day when we’re receiving many other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a discontinued refrigerant or is getting old, we advise installing an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and could even reduce your energy expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 877-389-2465 to begin today with a free estimate.

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