You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner functions, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your residence fresh. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental laws, since it contains chemicals.
Subject to 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 Oxford, as well as how these phaseouts have on influence on you.
What’s R-22 and Why Is It No Longer Being Made?
If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it probably has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner uses it by contacting us at 662-281-1231. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will include information on what type of refrigerant your AC uses.
Freon, which is also known as R-22, has 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 manages refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its production and import in January 2020.
I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?
It differs. If your air conditioning is running as designed, you can continue to keep it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling bills!
If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it might lead to difficulties if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be pricier, as only reduced amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.
With the discontinuation of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer in good shape. As it needs a different pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.
However, Puron still has the likelihood to lead to global warming. Because of that, it might also sometime be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.
What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?
In preparation of the phaseout, some brands have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy consumption by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be forwarded on to you through your utility expenses.
Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you very much until you require repairs. But as we discussed beforehand, refrigerant-related repairs may be pricier due to the low amounts on hand.
In addition to that, your air conditioner frequently malfunctions at the worst time, typically on the warmest day when we’re experiencing a lot of other requests for AC repair.
If your air conditioner uses an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we advise upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and may even lower your cooling expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 662-281-1231 to get started now with a free estimate.