You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental laws, since it contains chemicals.
Depending on 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 Grove City, as well as how these phaseouts impact you.
What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?
If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner uses it by calling us at 614-871-4144. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your residence. This sticker will have details on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.
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 governs refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its manufacture and import in January 2020.
Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?
It differs. If your air conditioning is cooling as designed, you can continue to use it. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling expenses!
If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it may create an issue if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be pricier, because only reduced amounts 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 known as R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it requires a different pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.
However, Puron still has the likelihood to lead to global warming. As a consequence, it could also ultimately be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.
What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?
In preparation of the discontinuation, some manufacturers have started 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 reduces energy consumption 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 cooling bills.
Air Quality Solutions Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In summary, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you greatly until you have to have repairs. But as we discussed previously, refrigerant-related repairs could be more expensive because of the limited quantities on hand.
Not to mention, your air conditioner frequently malfunctions at the worst time, often on the hottest day when we’re receiving a lot of other calls for AC repair.
If your air conditioner uses a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we suggest getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and could even lower your utility costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Air Quality Solutions provides many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 614-871-4144 to begin today with a free estimate.