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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner functions, but it needs refrigerant to keep your home fresh. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to 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 Cedar Rapids, plus how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at 319-208-3295. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will have information on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be bad for 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 production and import in January 2020.

I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?

It depends. If your air conditioning is operating properly, you can continue to use it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling costs!

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

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 needs a varying pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to contribute to global warming. Because of that, it might also eventually be ended. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

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

In preparation of the end, some brands have initiated 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 reduces energy use by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be sent on to you through your utility expenses.

Ilten's Incorporated Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we reviewed beforehand, refrigerant repairs may be more costly due to the restricted quantities that are accessible.

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

If your air conditioner uses a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we recommend upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and can even lower your cooling expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Ilten's Incorporated has many financing options to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 319-208-3295 to get started now with a free estimate.

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