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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it needs refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental rules, 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 Manassas Park, as well as how these phaseouts impact you.

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

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it probably has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at 703-278-2036. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will have details on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, includes 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, 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 differs. If your air conditioning is operating properly, you can continue to run it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports that replacing 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 could lead to a problem if you need air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be more expensive, because only small amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the discontinuation of R-22, most new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer in good shape. As it calls for a different pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Take Over 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 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 utility expenses.

Woody's Sudden Service Inc Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you need repairs. But as we went over earlier, refrigerant repairs can be pricier due to the low levels that are accessible.

Aside from that, your air conditioner typically breaks down at the worst time, often on the muggiest day when we’re experiencing many other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we suggest installing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a trouble-free summer and may even decrease your cooling bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Woody's Sudden Service Inc has many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 703-278-2036 to begin today with a free estimate.

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