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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner functions, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your residence cold. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental regulation, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Dallas, in addition to how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It No Longer Being Made?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it possibly has Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner uses it by calling us at 469-213-8367. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your house. This sticker will have information on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

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 oversees refrigerants in the United States, barred its production and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It depends. If your air conditioning is working properly, you can continue to run it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling costs!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it can lead to difficulties if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be higher-priced, since only limited quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the end of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer healthy. As it calls for a varying pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some brands have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming potential—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy expenditure 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 electrical expenses.

Tri County Air Care LLC Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you very much until you have to have repairs. But as we mentioned earlier, refrigerant repairs may be more expensive since there are the reduced amounts available.

Aside from that, your air conditioner often malfunctions at the worst time, typically on the hottest day when we’re experiencing lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we suggest getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and could even reduce your cooling costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Tri County Air Care LLC offers many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 469-213-8367 to begin today with a free estimate.

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