You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your house fresh. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, as it contains chemicals.
Subject to when your air conditioner was put in, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Stuart, plus how these phaseouts impact you.
What’s R-22 and Why is It Discontinued?
If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it probably has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner has it by reaching us at 772-353-4633. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your residence. This sticker will have details on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.
Freon, which is also called R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, barred its production and import in January 2020.
Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?
It varies. If your air conditioning is operating properly, you can continue to use it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling bills!
If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it may cause a problem if you need air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, as only reduced levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.
With the discontinuation of R-22, many new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. As it needs a different pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.
However, Puron still has the potential to contribute to global warming. Because of that, it might also eventually be ended. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected 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 ranks low for global warming possibility—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy use by around 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 energy bills.
Breathe Healthier Air Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In short, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we mentioned beforehand, refrigerant-related repairs may be pricier since there are the restricted levels available.
In addition to that, your air conditioner typically needs repair at the worst time, often on the hottest day when we’re receiving lots of other calls for AC repair.
If your air conditioner uses an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we suggest getting a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and can even decrease your energy costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Breathe Healthier Air has many financing options to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 772-353-4633 to start today with a free estimate.