You might not think often about how your air conditioner functions, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your home fresh. This refrigerant is subject to environmental laws, 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 go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Phoenix, plus how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why Is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it possibly has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 602-789-3315. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your home. This sticker will include info on what type of refrigerant your AC uses.

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

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

It varies. If your air conditioning is operating properly, you can continue to use it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to work 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 expenses!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it can lead to difficulties if you have to have air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, since only reduced amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it requires an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to contribute to global warming. Because of that, it may also eventually be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some companies have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming likelihood—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy expenditure by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be sent on to you through your utility bills.

Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you greatly until you require repairs. But as we talked about beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant might be pricier since there are the restricted amounts available.

In addition to that, your air conditioner frequently stops working at the worst time, typically on the warmest day when we’re experiencing lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we recommend upgrading to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and may even decrease your utility expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc provides many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 602-789-3315 to start now with a free estimate.