You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it needs refrigerant to keep your residence fresh. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was put in, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Derby, plus how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why Is It Discontinued?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 203-772-8319. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your house. This sticker will include information on what type of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its production and import in January 2020.

I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?

It varies. If your air conditioning is running correctly, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system 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 don’t get a new air conditioner, it can create difficulties if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, since only limited amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the phaseout 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 in good shape. As it requires a varying pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some brands have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming likelihood—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy use by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be passed on to you through your energy bills.

Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning Can Provide Support 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 earlier, repairs connected to refrigerant might be more costly because of the restricted levels on hand.

Not to mention, your air conditioner frequently breaks down at the worst time, typically on the muggiest day when we’re getting many other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we recommend getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and might even decrease your cooling expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 203-772-8319 to begin now with a free estimate.