Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

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

Based on when your air conditioner was put in, 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 Saint Petersburg, as well as how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

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

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 727-369-6195. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your house. This sticker will have information on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.

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

I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?

It varies. If your air conditioning is cooling as designed, you can continue to keep it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to last 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 can lead to an issue if you need air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be more expensive, since only reduced quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the end of R-22, most new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. Because it needs a varying pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to contribute to global warming. As a consequence, it might also eventually be ended. Although it hasn’t been announced yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some brands have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming likelihood—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy consumption by approximately 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 expenses.

Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we discussed beforehand, refrigerant-related repairs may be pricier because of the limited levels available.

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

If your air conditioner uses a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we recommend installing an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and could even lower your cooling bills, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc offers many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 727-369-6195 to get started now with a free estimate.