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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it has to have 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 Lodi, plus how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Discontinued?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it likely contains Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner uses it by calling us at 209-257-3156. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will include details on what kind of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees 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 varies. If your air conditioning is operating correctly, you can continue to run it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling costs!

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 might be pricier, because only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer in good shape. As 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 lead to global warming. As a result, it may also sometime be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some companies have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming potential—approximately 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 forwarded on to you through your energy bills.

Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you need repairs. But as we mentioned beforehand, refrigerant repairs could be more costly since there are the low levels available.

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

If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we advise upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a hassle-free summer and can even lower your cooling expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning provides many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 209-257-3156 to get started right away with a free estimate.

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