You might not think much about how your air conditioner works, but it requires refrigerant to keep your house cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.
Depending on when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Omaha, plus how these phaseouts impact you.
What’s R-22 and Why Is It Phased Out?
If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it possibly contains Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 402-628-0206. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will have info on what type of refrigerant your AC has.
Freon, which is also called R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, outlawed 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 correctly, you can continue to run it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling bills!
If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it might cause an issue if you need air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, since only limited quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.
With the end of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer healthy. Because it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.
However, Puron still has the potential to create global warming. As a result, it may also sometime be ended. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.
What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?
In preparation of the end, some manufacturers have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming likelihood—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy consumption by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be sent on to you through your energy costs.
The Frazier Company Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you have to have repairs. But as we talked about previously, repairs connected to refrigerant might be more expensive since there are the low quantities that are accessible.
Aside from that, your air conditioner typically malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the hottest day when we’re experiencing lots of other calls for AC repair.
If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is aging, we advise upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and may even decrease your electrical bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, The Frazier Company has many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 402-628-0206 to get started today with a free estimate.