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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your residence cool. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental laws, because of the chemicals it contains.

Subject to when your air conditioner was put in, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Oxford, plus how these phaseouts affect you.

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

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it probably uses Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner uses it by contacting us at 662-281-1231. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your residence. This sticker will have info on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

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

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

It varies. If your air conditioning is running as designed, you can continue to run it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling expenses!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could create a problem if you require air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be higher-priced, since only limited levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the discontinuation 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 strong. Because it requires an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to lead to global warming. As a result, it may also eventually be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

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

Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we went over previously, refrigerant repairs may be pricier since there are the restricted quantities that are accessible.

Not to mention, your air conditioner often breaks down at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re experiencing a lot of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we recommend upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a hassle-free summer and can even reduce your utility costs, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 662-281-1231 to begin today with a free estimate.

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