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 needs refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, because of the chemicals it contains.

Subject to when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over 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 Discontinued?

If your air conditioner was put in 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 examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your house. This sticker will have info on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also called R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, banned its creation and import in January 2020.

I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?

It depends. If your air conditioning is cooling fine, you can continue to use 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 replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling bills!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it can create an issue if you need air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, since only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it requires a varying pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to contribute to global warming. As a consequence, it might also eventually be phased out. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

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

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

In summary, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you very much until you need repairs. But as we discussed beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant may be pricier due to the low amounts on hand.

Not to mention, your air conditioner often breaks down at the worst time, often on the warmest day when we’re experiencing many other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we suggest installing a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a trouble-free summer and can even decrease your energy costs, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 714-855-1717 to start right away with a free estimate.