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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner operates, but it requires refrigerant to keep your residence cold. This refrigerant is controlled by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was added to your home, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in West Columbia, as well as 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 probably uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner uses it by calling us at 803-265-4208. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your home. This sticker will have information on what kind of refrigerant your AC uses.

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

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It varies. If your air conditioning is working as designed, you can continue to run it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling costs!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it might cause a problem if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, because only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the phaseout of R-22, most new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Since it calls for a different pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some companies have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming possibility—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy expenditure by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that may be forwarded on to you through your utility expenses.

Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we talked about previously, refrigerant-related repairs can be pricier because of the low quantities that are accessible.

Not to mention, your air conditioner frequently stops working at the worst time, typically on the warmest day when we’re getting many other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we advise upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a trouble-free summer and could even decrease your utility costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 803-265-4208 to begin now with a free estimate.

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