You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it requires refrigerant to keep your house cold. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, as it contains chemicals.
Based on when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Rochester, plus how these phaseouts affect you.
What’s R-22 and Why is It Discontinued?
If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably has Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 507-218-0088. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your house. This sticker will contain information on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.
Freon, which is also known as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees refrigerants in the United States, barred its production and import in January 2020.
Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?
It varies. If your air conditioning is running properly, you can continue to run it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling expenses!
If you keep your air conditioner, it might lead to an issue if you need air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be pricier, as only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.
With the discontinuation of R-22, most new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer in good shape. As it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.
However, Puron still has the likelihood to contribute to global warming. As a result, it might also eventually be ended. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.
What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?
In preparation of the discontinuation, some brands have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming possibility—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy expenditure by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be passed on to you through your energy expenses.
Brogan Heating & AC Inc Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you greatly until you require repairs. But as we talked about beforehand, refrigerant-related repairs can be more costly due to the restricted amounts that are accessible.
Not to mention, your air conditioner typically breaks down at the worst time, frequently on the warmest day when we’re getting many other appointments for AC repair.
If your air conditioner relies on a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we suggest upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a trouble-free summer and may even lower your cooling bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Brogan Heating & AC Inc provides many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 507-218-0088 to start now with a free estimate.