You might not think much about how your air conditioner works, but it needs refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is subject to environmental regulation, as it contains chemicals.
Based on when your air conditioner was put in, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Sacramento, in addition to 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 possibly uses Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner has it by calling us at 916-243-6714. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your house. This sticker will contain info on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.
Freon, which is also known as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which controls refrigerants in the United States, banned its creation and import in January 2020.
I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?
It differs. If your air conditioning is working properly, you can continue to keep it. With annual air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling expenses!
If you don’t replace your air conditioner, it could cause difficulties if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be more expensive, as only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.
With the discontinuation of R-22, many new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer in good shape. As it needs an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.
However, Puron still has the possibility to create global warming. As a result, it might also ultimately be ended. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.
What Refrigerant Will Take the Place of R-410A?
In preparation of the end, some manufacturers have started using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming likelihood—about 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 may be forwarded on to you through your electrical costs.
American HVAC Inc Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs
In summary, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you greatly until you need repairs. But as we went over earlier, refrigerant repairs might be pricier because of the restricted quantities that are accessible.
Not to mention, your air conditioner often malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re receiving many other appointments for AC repair.
If your air conditioner uses an outdated refrigerant or is getting old, we recommend getting a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a hassle-free summer and may even reduce your energy bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, American HVAC Inc provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner work with your budget. Contact us at 916-243-6714 to start now with a free estimate.