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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner works, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental laws, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was put in, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in West Valley City, plus how these phaseouts impact you.

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

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it possibly has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 801-305-4777. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your house. This sticker will include info on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

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

I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?

It varies. If your air conditioning is operating correctly, you can continue to keep it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling bills!

If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it may create an issue if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be higher-priced, as only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the discontinuation of R-22, most new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer in good shape. As it requires an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to contribute to global warming. As a result, it may also ultimately be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the end, some manufacturers have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy consumption by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be passed on to you through your cooling expenses.

Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you greatly until you require repairs. But as we talked about beforehand, refrigerant repairs may be more expensive because of the limited amounts that are accessible.

Not to mention, your air conditioner frequently stops working at the worst time, frequently on the hottest day when we’re getting lots of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a discontinued refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we recommend installing a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and could even lower your utility expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 801-305-4777 to begin now with a free estimate.

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