How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

August 05, 2020

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your house cool. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental regulation, as it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was put in, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Grand Prairie, plus how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Discontinued?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it possibly contains Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner has it by reaching us at 972-332-1028. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will contain details on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, has 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 regulates refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its creation and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It varies. If your air conditioning is operating fine, you can continue to use it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime 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 could be higher-priced, because only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the end of R-22, most new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Because it needs an incompatible 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 result, it could also sometime be ended. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some companies have initiated 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 decreases energy use by approximately 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 energy expenses.

Bon Air Service Company Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you very much until you need repairs. But as we reviewed previously, repairs connected to refrigerant might be pricier due to the reduced quantities on hand.

In addition to that, your air conditioner usually stops working 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 an outdated refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we advise upgrading to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a trouble-free summer and may even lower your cooling bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Bon Air Service Company offers many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 972-332-1028 to begin now with a free estimate.