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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner works, but it needs refrigerant to keep your house fresh. This refrigerant is subject to environmental laws, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Tuscaloosa, in addition to how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it probably uses Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner uses it by reaching us at 205-208-8090. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your house. This sticker will include info on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.

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

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

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 work 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 bills!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it may cause difficulties if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be pricier, because only limited quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the end of R-22, most new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Because it requires an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Take the Place of R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some brands have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming likelihood—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy expenditure by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be forwarded on to you through your energy bills.

KDM Service Corporation Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you very much until you require repairs. But as we went over beforehand, refrigerant-related repairs could be more expensive because of the reduced amounts available.

In addition to that, your air conditioner often needs repair at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re getting lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on an outdated refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we recommend getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a hassle-free summer and can even reduce your cooling bills, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, KDM Service Corporation provides many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 205-208-8090 to start today with a free estimate.

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