Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner functions, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your house cold. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, because of the chemicals it contains.

Depending on when your air conditioner was put in, 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 Boynton Beach, in addition to how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it likely contains Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 561-270-6228. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your house. This sticker will have info on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also called R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that leads to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its creation and import in January 2020.

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

It varies. If your air conditioning is cooling as designed, you can continue to use it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling costs!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could lead to a problem if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be higher-priced, as only reduced levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the discontinuation of R-22, most new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer healthy. Because it needs a different pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to lead to global warming. As a result, it might also sometime be ended. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely 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 ranks low for global warming possibility—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy expenditure by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be passed on to you through your cooling expenses.

A2Z Air Inc Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you greatly until you have to have repairs. But as we went over beforehand, refrigerant repairs could be pricier since there are the restricted quantities that are accessible.

In addition to that, your air conditioner frequently breaks down at the worst time, typically on the muggiest day when we’re receiving lots of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we recommend getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and can even decrease your energy costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, A2Z Air Inc has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 561-270-6228 to get started today with a free estimate.