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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner works, but it depends on 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 put in, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Excelsior Springs, as well as 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 uses Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 816-379-3918. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your residence. This sticker will have info on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.

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

I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?

It varies. If your air conditioning is running fine, you can continue to run 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 summertime cooling bills!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it might cause an issue if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be higher-priced, as only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the end of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer healthy. As it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to contribute to global warming. As a result, it may also sometime be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some companies have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—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.

Colvin's Heating and Cooling Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you greatly until you have to have repairs. But as we went over previously, refrigerant-related repairs may be more expensive due to the restricted amounts available.

Aside from that, your air conditioner typically stops working at the worst time, typically on the hottest day when we’re receiving many other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we recommend upgrading to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and might even lower your energy costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Colvin's Heating and Cooling has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 816-379-3918 to start now with a free estimate.

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