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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it needs refrigerant to keep your house cold. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Based on when your air conditioner was put in, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Anaheim, in addition to how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It No Longer Being Made?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner uses it by calling us at 714-855-1717. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will contain information on what type of refrigerant your AC uses.

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

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It varies. If your air conditioning is running properly, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling bills!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it can cause an issue if you need air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, as only small amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the end of R-22, most new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it requires an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to lead to global warming. Because of that, it could also ultimately be phased out. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some manufacturers have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming likelihood—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy consumption 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 energy costs.

Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we mentioned earlier, refrigerant repairs can be more costly since there are the limited levels available.

In addition to that, your air conditioner usually malfunctions at the worst time, often on the hottest day when we’re experiencing a lot of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a discontinued refrigerant or is getting old, we advise installing a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a hassle-free summer and could even lower your cooling bills, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 714-855-1717 to start right away with a free estimate.

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