You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your house cool. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental laws, since it contains chemicals.
Depending on when your air conditioner was put in, 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 Cottonwood & Prescott, in addition to how these phaseouts have on influence on you.
What’s R-22 and Why Is It No Longer Being Made?
If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 928-251-4327. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your house. This sticker will include information on what model of refrigerant your AC uses.
Freon, which is also known as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that leads to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its creation and import in January 2020.
I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?
It varies. If your air conditioning is cooling as designed, you can continue to use it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning 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 yearly cooling expenses!
If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it can lead to an issue if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be higher-priced, because only reduced levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.
With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer in good shape. As it requires a varying pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.
However, Puron still has the potential to create global warming. As a consequence, it might also sometime be phased out. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.
What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?
In preparation of the phaseout, some brands have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming possibility—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy expenditure by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be sent on to you through your cooling costs.
Connolly Electric & Mechanical Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In short, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we went over previously, repairs connected to refrigerant can be more expensive because of the reduced amounts that are accessible.
Not to mention, your air conditioner usually breaks down at the worst time, typically on the muggiest day when we’re getting many other appointments for AC repair.
If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we recommend getting a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and may even lower your utility bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Connolly Electric & Mechanical offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 928-251-4327 to get started right away with a free estimate.