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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner functions, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is subject to environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was installed, 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 Buellton, in addition to how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it likely contains Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 805-242-9638. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will have details on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also called R-22, has 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 controls refrigerants in the United States, barred its manufacture and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It differs. If your air conditioning is running correctly, you can continue to use it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that substituting 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 cause a problem if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be higher-priced, because only small amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the end of R-22, most new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it requires an incompatible 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. As a consequence, it might also ultimately be phased out. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some companies have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming possibility—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy expenditure 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 electrical bills.

Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you very much until you need repairs. But as we discussed earlier, repairs connected to refrigerant can be pricier since there are the limited amounts that are accessible.

Aside from that, your air conditioner often needs repair at the worst time, typically on the warmest day when we’re experiencing lots of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a discontinued refrigerant or is getting old, we suggest upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and may even reduce your electrical bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 805-242-9638 to begin right away with a free estimate.

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