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How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Phaseout Affect Me?

You might not think much about how your air conditioner operates, but it has to have refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is subject to environmental laws, since 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 Cape Coral, 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 installed before 2010, it probably has Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 239-214-0411. You can also check the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your home. This sticker will contain info on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also referred to 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 creation and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It differs. If your air conditioning is cooling as designed, you can continue to use it. With annual 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 annual cooling costs!

If you keep your air conditioner, it may create difficulties if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be more expensive, as only reduced amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the end of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. As it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on 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 mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some manufacturers have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming possibility—approximately one-third less than R-410A. And it also lowers 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 utility costs.

Comfort Zone Inc Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you require repairs. But as we mentioned beforehand, repairs connected to refrigerant could be more costly because of the low levels on hand.

In addition to that, your air conditioner frequently stops working at the worst time, often on the muggiest day when we’re getting lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we recommend upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and might even decrease your energy bills, especially if you choose an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Comfort Zone Inc has many financing programs to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 239-214-0411 to get started right away with a free estimate.

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