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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 needs refrigerant to keep your home fresh. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was put in, 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 Muskogee, plus how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 918-682-8238. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your residence. This sticker will contain information on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that leads to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates refrigerants in the United States, banned its manufacture 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 cooling properly, you can continue to keep it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling costs!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it may cause a problem if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be higher-priced, since only limited levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the end of R-22, many new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it requires an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to contribute to global warming. As a consequence, it may also sometime be ended. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some brands have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming potential—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy consumption by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be passed on to you through your electrical costs.

Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you need repairs. But as we mentioned earlier, refrigerant-related repairs can be more costly due to the low quantities on hand.

Not to mention, your air conditioner usually stops working at the worst time, often on the muggiest day when we’re getting a lot of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on an outdated refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we suggest upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and may even lower your cooling costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 918-682-8238 to get started now with a free estimate.

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