You might not think much about how your air conditioner works, but it depends on refrigerant to keep your residence fresh. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, because of the chemicals it contains.

Subject to 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 Port Clinton, as well as how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why Is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at 419-465-8722. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your home. This sticker will include info on what model of refrigerant your AC uses.

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

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It differs. If your air conditioning is operating correctly, you can continue to run it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your system 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 expenses!

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it might lead to an issue if you require air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be pricier, since only reduced amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the phaseout of R-22, most new air conditioners now use Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the likelihood to create global warming. As a consequence, it may 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—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy use by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that could be sent on to you through your cooling expenses.

Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. Can Assist with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you have to have repairs. But as we talked about beforehand, refrigerant-related repairs may be more costly since there are the low quantities available.

Aside from that, your air conditioner often malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the hottest day when we’re receiving many other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a discontinued refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we advise installing a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a hassle-free summer and can even lower your cooling costs, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Ohler & Holzhauer Inc. offers many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 419-465-8722 to get started today with a free estimate.