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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your residence fresh. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, as it contains chemicals.

Based on when your air conditioner was installed, 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 Denton, in addition to how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it likely uses Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 940-202-1202. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will contain information on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also called R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider Freon 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 production and import in January 2020.

I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?

It depends. If your air conditioning is running correctly, you can continue to use it. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling costs!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it may create difficulties if you have to have air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be higher-priced, since only limited quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer healthy. As it requires a different pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to create global warming. As a result, it could also eventually be phased out. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some companies have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers 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.

Oak Point Heating and Air LLC Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you need repairs. But as we reviewed earlier, repairs connected to refrigerant could be pricier because of the limited levels on hand.

Not to mention, your air conditioner typically breaks down at the worst time, typically on the muggiest day when we’re experiencing many other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a discontinued refrigerant or is getting old, we recommend getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and may even decrease your electrical bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Oak Point Heating and Air LLC offers many financing options to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 940-202-1202 to start now with a free estimate.

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