Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your residence cold. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to 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 Lincoln, in addition to how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It No Longer Being Made?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it possibly contains Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 402-318-5351. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will contain information on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also called R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which controls refrigerants in the United States, banned its creation and import in January 2020.

I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?

It differs. If your air conditioning is cooling properly, you can continue to use it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling expenses!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it can lead to an issue if you need air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be more expensive, as only small amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it calls for a different 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 result, it might also ultimately be ended. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

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

AW Heating & Air Conditioning Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you very much until you need repairs. But as we talked about beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant can be pricier since there are the restricted quantities that are accessible.

Aside from that, your air conditioner usually stops working at the worst time, frequently on the hottest day when we’re receiving a lot of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a discontinued refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we recommend getting a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a hassle-free summer and can even reduce your electrical expenses, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, AW Heating & Air Conditioning provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 402-318-5351 to begin now with a free estimate.