Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your residence fresh. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental laws, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was put in, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Norton, plus 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 added before 2010, it probably uses Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at 276-302-0076. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your residence. This sticker will include information on what type of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its production and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

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

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it might lead to difficulties if you need air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be pricier, because only reduced levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

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

However, Puron still has the potential to lead to global warming. Because of that, it could also ultimately be phased out. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some manufacturers have started 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 expenditure by approximately 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 cooling bills.

HCE Systems Inc Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you very much until you have to have repairs. But as we talked about beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant may be pricier due to the limited quantities on hand.

Not to mention, your air conditioner usually stops working at the worst time, frequently on the warmest day when we’re receiving many other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we advise installing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a trouble-free summer and can even decrease your utility bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, HCE Systems Inc offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 276-302-0076 to start today with a free estimate.