You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it needs refrigerant to keep your house cold. This refrigerant is bound by environmental regulation, because of the chemicals it contains.
Based on when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Narvon, 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 added before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by reaching us at 717-479-4950. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your residence. This sticker will contain information on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.
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 results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, banned its creation and import in January 2020.
I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?
It varies. If your air conditioning is running as designed, you can continue to use it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling expenses!
If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it can create an issue if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be more expensive, because only limited levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.
With the end of R-22, many new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it needs an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.
However, Puron still has the possibility to contribute to global warming. As a result, it could also eventually be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.
What Refrigerant Will Take the Place of R-410A?
In preparation of the end, some companies have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming possibility—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy use by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be sent on to you through your energy costs.
Ameri-Tec Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In summary, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you require repairs. But as we went over beforehand, refrigerant repairs may be pricier due to the restricted levels that are accessible.
Aside from that, your air conditioner often stops working at the worst time, often on the hottest day when we’re experiencing a lot of other calls for AC repair.
If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we recommend upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a trouble-free summer and may even lower your utility bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Ameri-Tec has many financing options to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 717-479-4950 to get started today with a free estimate.