You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it requires refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental regulation, because of the chemicals it contains.
Based on when your air conditioner was put in, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Croydon, as well as how these phaseouts affect you.
What’s R-22 and Why Is It No Longer Being Made?
If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at 215-741-5505. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will have information on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.
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 governs refrigerants in the United States, banned its creation and import in January 2020.
Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?
It varies. If your air conditioning is cooling properly, you can continue to run it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling expenses!
If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it might cause an issue if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, as only limited levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.
With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it needs a varying pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.
However, Puron still has the potential to create global warming. As a consequence, it may 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 discontinuation, some brands have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming likelihood—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy expenditure by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be forwarded on to you through your utility costs.
Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we talked about previously, refrigerant-related repairs can be more expensive due to the reduced quantities that are accessible.
In addition to that, your air conditioner often stops working at the worst time, often on the muggiest day when we’re experiencing a lot of other calls for AC repair.
If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we suggest installing an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and could even lower your electrical bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC has many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 215-741-5505 to begin right away with a free estimate.