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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner works, but it needs refrigerant to keep your residence fresh. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental rules, because of the chemicals it contains.

Based on when your air conditioner was put in, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in St. Louis, as well as how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it possibly uses Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 314-262-4541. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your house. This sticker will contain info on what type of refrigerant your AC has.

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

I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?

It depends. If your air conditioning is working as designed, 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 replacing 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 difficulties if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, since only limited quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the discontinuation of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Since it calls for a different pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some brands have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy use by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be passed on to you through your cooling expenses.

Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you very much until you have to have repairs. But as we mentioned previously, refrigerant repairs might be more expensive because of the restricted quantities that are accessible.

Aside from that, your air conditioner often malfunctions at the worst time, typically on the hottest day when we’re getting a lot of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we suggest getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and might even decrease your electrical bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 314-262-4541 to get started right away with a free estimate.

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