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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your house fresh. This refrigerant is bound by environmental regulation, as it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, 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 Booneville, as well as how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it likely contains Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner uses it by reaching us at 662-269-8716. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your home. This sticker will have information on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also called R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which controls refrigerants in the United States, banned its production and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

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

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it might lead to an issue if you need air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be more expensive, because only reduced levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the end of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it calls for a different pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

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

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

In preparation of the end, some companies have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming possibility—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 might be forwarded on to you through your electrical expenses.

Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you need repairs. But as we went over previously, refrigerant-related repairs may be pricier due to the limited amounts that are accessible.

In addition to that, your air conditioner usually needs repair at the worst time, often on the hottest day when we’re getting lots of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we advise getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a trouble-free summer and could even decrease your electrical bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 662-269-8716 to get started right away with a free estimate.

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