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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, since it contains chemicals.

Based on 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 Shreveport, 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 added before 2010, it likely uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 318-215-7938. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your residence. This sticker will have details on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that leads to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, banned its production and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It depends. If your air conditioning is operating fine, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on annual cooling bills!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it might lead to an issue if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, since only limited quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the discontinuation of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. As it needs a varying pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to contribute to global warming. As a consequence, it might also ultimately be ended. Although it hasn’t been announced 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 begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming likelihood—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy use by approximately 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be forwarded on to you through your cooling bills.

Moon's Air Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we reviewed previously, repairs connected to refrigerant can be more expensive due to the low amounts available.

Not to mention, your air conditioner frequently malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the warmest day when we’re receiving a lot of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we advise upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and may even reduce your cooling bills, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Moon's Air offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 318-215-7938 to get started right away with a free estimate.

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