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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 requires refrigerant to keep your house cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, because of the chemicals it contains.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Macon, 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 has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at 478-202-3170. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will have details on what type of refrigerant your AC uses.

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

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

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

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it may create an issue if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be pricier, because only limited amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the end of R-22, many new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer strong. Because it calls for a varying pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to lead to global warming. Because of that, it could also ultimately be phased out. 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 phaseout, some manufacturers have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming possibility—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy consumption by approximately 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 costs.

Air Temperature Control Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we went over earlier, refrigerant repairs may be pricier since there are the limited amounts that are accessible.

Not to mention, your air conditioner typically breaks down at the worst time, typically on the hottest day when we’re receiving a lot of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we suggest getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and may even decrease your energy costs, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Air Temperature Control has many financing programs to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 478-202-3170 to get started today with a free estimate.

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