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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, as it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was added to your home, 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 Keokuk, in addition to how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It No Longer Being Made?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by reaching us at 319-229-2318. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your house. This sticker will contain info on what type of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also called R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, banned its production 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 cooling as designed, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to run 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 expenses!

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 pricier, because only limited amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it needs an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to create global warming. Because of that, it could also eventually be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been mandated 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 brands have initiated 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 use by around 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be sent on to you through your cooling costs.

WM J Kraus & Son Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we talked about beforehand, refrigerant repairs might be more expensive due to the restricted levels on hand.

Aside from that, your air conditioner typically stops working at the worst time, typically on the hottest day when we’re getting many other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is getting old, we suggest installing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and may even decrease your electrical bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, WM J Kraus & Son offers many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 319-229-2318 to start now with a free estimate.

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