You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it needs refrigerant to keep your house fresh. This refrigerant is bound by environmental laws, because of the chemicals it contains.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Holbrook, as well as how these phaseouts impact you.

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

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner uses it by contacting us at 631-460-5159. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will have information on what model of refrigerant your AC uses.

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

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It depends. If your air conditioning is operating correctly, you can continue to use it. With yearly air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to last 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 costs!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it can cause a problem if you need air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be more expensive, as only small 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 known as R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Because it needs a different pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to create global warming. As a consequence, it might also sometime be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

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

Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you need repairs. But as we discussed beforehand, refrigerant-related repairs might be pricier because of the low amounts on hand.

In addition to that, your air conditioner often stops working at the worst time, typically on the muggiest day when we’re receiving many other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses a discontinued refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we recommend upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and may even reduce your cooling costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation offers many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 631-460-5159 to start today with a free estimate.