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Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it requires refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, as 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 go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Grand Prairie, as well as how these phaseouts affect 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 learn if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at 972-445-9504. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your house. This sticker will contain information on what type of refrigerant your AC needs.

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

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

It depends. If your air conditioning is running properly, you can continue to use it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that removing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling bills!

If you keep your air conditioner, it can cause difficulties if you have to have air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs may be more expensive, since only small amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer in good shape. Since it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to contribute to global warming. As a result, it might also ultimately be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been communicated 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 companies have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming possibility—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers energy expenditure by about 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 electrical expenses.

Mustang Mechanical Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we reviewed beforehand, refrigerant repairs can be more expensive since there are the low amounts on hand.

Not to mention, your air conditioner usually stops working at the worst time, often on the hottest day when we’re experiencing lots of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we advise getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This delivers a stress-free summer and may even lower your cooling bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Mustang Mechanical offers many financing programs to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 972-445-9504 to start right away with a free estimate.

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