You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your home fresh. This refrigerant is subject to environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Streamwood, in addition to 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 likely has Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 630-313-2509. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your residence. This sticker will have details on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, includes 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 governs refrigerants in the United States, outlawed its manufacture and import in January 2020.

I Use an Air Conditioner with R-22. Do I Need to Get a New One?

It varies. If your air conditioning is cooling as designed, you can continue to keep it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to work around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that replacing a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling costs!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it may create difficulties if you require air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs can be pricier, as only small levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, many new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was created to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it calls for a different pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to create global warming. As a consequence, it may also sometime be discontinued. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Take the Place of R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some manufacturers have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant rates low for global warming potential—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy expenditure by approximately 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 energy costs.

Pure Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we went over earlier, refrigerant repairs might be pricier due to the reduced levels that are accessible.

Not to mention, your air conditioner often breaks down at the worst time, typically on the hottest day when we’re receiving a lot of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on an outdated refrigerant or is aging, we recommend getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and can even lower your utility bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated air conditioner. Plus, Pure Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning provides many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 630-313-2509 to begin right away with a free estimate.