Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

You might not think much about how your air conditioner works, but it requires refrigerant to keep your house cool. This refrigerant is subject to environmental rules, as it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Kutztown, in addition to how these phaseouts affect you.

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

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner uses it by reaching us at 484-646-3363. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will have info on what kind of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also called R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates refrigerants in the United States, barred its production and import in January 2020.

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

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

If you keep your air conditioner, it could create a problem if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be higher-priced, as only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

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

However, Puron still has the potential to contribute to global warming. Because of that, it might also sometime be phased out. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

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

In preparation of the discontinuation, some companies have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks 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 costs.

Moyer Total Indoor Comfort Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you need repairs. But as we discussed beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant can be pricier because of the low levels that are accessible.

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

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we suggest upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and might even decrease your utility expenses, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Moyer Total Indoor Comfort offers many financing options to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 484-646-3363 to start now with a free estimate.