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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it requires refrigerant to keep your home fresh. This refrigerant is bound by environmental regulation, as 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 discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Hudsonville, as well as how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

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

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at (616) 669-3961. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your residence. This sticker will contain details on what model of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also called R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages 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 running properly, you can continue to keep it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling costs!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it may create a problem if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be more expensive, since only reduced levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

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. Since it needs a varying pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some companies have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming likelihood—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy consumption by about 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 electrical bills.

West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you have to have repairs. But as we discussed previously, 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 muggiest day when we’re getting lots of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we recommend upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and might even decrease your electrical expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services has many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at (616) 669-3961 to get started now with a free estimate.

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