Which Air Conditioning Refrigerants Are Being Phased Out?

August 05, 2020

You might not think much about how your air conditioner functions, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your home cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental laws, as it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Gresham, plus 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 put in before 2010, it possibly contains Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner contains it by reaching us at 503-663-8033. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your home. This sticker will include details on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be harmful to the earth’s ozone layer and one that leads to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, barred its production and import in January 2020.

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

It differs. If your air conditioning is cooling correctly, you can continue to use it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to run around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy says that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on summertime cooling bills!

If you keep your air conditioner, it could lead to an issue if you have to have air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be higher-priced, as only reduced quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. Because it requires an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to create global warming. Because of that, it may also eventually be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been communicated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take Over 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 likelihood—about 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 costs.

Honke Heating & AC Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you very much until you require repairs. But as we mentioned earlier, repairs connected to refrigerant can be more expensive because of the reduced quantities available.

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

If your air conditioner requires a discontinued refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we recommend installing a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and can even lower your utility bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Honke Heating & AC has many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 503-663-8033 to begin right away with a free estimate.