You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it needs refrigerant to keep your house fresh. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental laws, because of the chemicals it contains.
Based on when your air conditioner was added to your home, 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 St. Cloud, 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 installed before 2010, it probably uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 407-477-6319. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will include info on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.
Freon, which is also known as R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that leads to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates refrigerants in the United States, barred its manufacture and import in January 2020.
I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?
It differs. If your air conditioning is working properly, you can continue to keep it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling expenses!
If you keep your air conditioner, it can lead to a problem if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be higher-priced, as only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.
With the phaseout of R-22, most new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer healthy. Because it requires a different pressure level, it doesn’t match 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 eventually be phased out. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.
What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?
In preparation of the phaseout, some manufacturers have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming possibility—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy use by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be forwarded on to you through your utility expenses.
Osceola Air, LLC Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In summary, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you need repairs. But as we went over earlier, refrigerant-related repairs could be pricier because of the reduced amounts on hand.
In addition to that, your air conditioner typically breaks down at the worst time, often on the warmest day when we’re receiving lots of other requests for AC repair.
If your air conditioner uses an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we recommend getting a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and can even decrease your cooling bills, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Osceola Air, LLC has many financing programs to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 407-477-6319 to start right away with a free estimate.