How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

August 05, 2020

You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your house cool. This refrigerant is controlled by 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 review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Bossier City, plus how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it possibly has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner uses it by reaching us at 318-855-2326. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will contain info on what kind of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be harmful 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 manufacture and import in January 2020.

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

It varies. If your air conditioning is operating properly, you can continue to keep it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling costs!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could create an issue if you have to have air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be higher-priced, because only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the discontinuation of R-22, most new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it requires a different 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. Because of that, it might also sometime be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some companies have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming possibility—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy expenditure by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be passed on to you through your utility expenses.

Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we went over previously, repairs connected to refrigerant can be pricier because of the limited amounts available.

Aside from that, your air conditioner often stops working at the worst time, often on the muggiest day when we’re getting lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we suggest upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and might even decrease your energy costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc has many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 318-855-2326 to get started today with a free estimate.