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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner works, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your house cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was installed, 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 Dayton, plus how these phaseouts have on influence on you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner uses it by calling us at 937-526-2077. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your house. This sticker will contain details on what kind of refrigerant your AC uses.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, includes chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be bad for the earth’s ozone layer and one that prompts global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its creation and import in January 2020.

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

It varies. If your air conditioning is running as designed, you can continue to keep it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system to run 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 expenses!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it can lead to an issue if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, because only limited quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer healthy. Because it requires a varying pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to contribute to global warming. Because of that, it could also sometime be phased out. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some manufacturers have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming likelihood—about 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 may be sent on to you through your energy expenses.

Jent Mechanical LLC Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we talked about earlier, refrigerant repairs could be more costly due to the restricted quantities on hand.

Aside from that, your air conditioner frequently breaks down at the worst time, frequently on the hottest day when we’re getting lots of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we recommend upgrading to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and can even reduce your cooling expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Jent Mechanical LLC has many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 937-526-2077 to begin today with a free estimate.

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