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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner works, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Carson City, plus 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 uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 775-230-7628. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will contain information on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, barred its production 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 air conditioning to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling costs!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it may cause difficulties if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be higher-priced, since only limited quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Since it requires a varying pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to create global warming. As a consequence, it could also ultimately be ended. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take the Place of R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some companies have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming likelihood—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 sent on to you through your energy expenses.

Anderson Heating & A/C Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you require repairs. But as we talked about previously, refrigerant repairs can be pricier since there are the low levels available.

Aside from that, your air conditioner usually malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re getting many other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we advise installing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and can even lower your cooling costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Anderson Heating & A/C has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 775-230-7628 to get started today with a free estimate.

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