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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it requires refrigerant to keep your residence cool. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was put in, 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 Holdrege, 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 added before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at 308-995-8177. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your house. This sticker will include info on what type of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages 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 differs. If your air conditioning is cooling correctly, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to work 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 bills!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it could lead to an issue if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be pricier, because only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer in good shape. As it calls for a different pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to create global warming. As a consequence, it might also ultimately be phased out. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

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

In preparation of the phaseout, some manufacturers have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming likelihood—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy expenditure by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be sent on to you through your cooling bills.

Durable Service Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we talked about previously, refrigerant-related repairs may be more expensive due to the limited quantities available.

In addition to that, your air conditioner often needs repair at the worst time, typically on the warmest day when we’re receiving lots of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we suggest installing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and could even lower your electrical bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Durable Service offers many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 308-995-8177 to get started now with a free estimate.

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