You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it requires refrigerant to keep your home fresh. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental regulation, as it contains chemicals.

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

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

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 219-292-0956. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will contain details on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.

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

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

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

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it might create a problem if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be higher-priced, as only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the end of R-22, many new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. Because it requires a different pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to contribute to global warming. As a consequence, it could also ultimately be phased out. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely 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 likelihood—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers 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 utility expenses.

Struven Heating & Cooling Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you greatly until you have to have repairs. But as we talked about previously, refrigerant-related repairs might be more expensive since there are the restricted levels on hand.

In addition to that, your air conditioner typically breaks down at the worst time, frequently on the hottest day when we’re experiencing a lot of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we advise getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and may even decrease your cooling costs, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Struven Heating & Cooling has many financing programs to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 219-292-0956 to start today with a free estimate.