You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it requires refrigerant to keep your residence cool. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was put in, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Yukon, as well as 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 uses Freon®. You can find out if your air conditioner uses it by contacting us at 405-494-7444. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will include info on what type of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, contains chlorine. Scientists consider Freon to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which manages refrigerants in the United States, banned its creation and import in January 2020.

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

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

If you don’t get a new air conditioner, it can create an issue if you need air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, because only reduced levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is available.

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

However, Puron still has the potential to lead to global warming. As a result, it might also sometime be phased out. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s anticipated sometime this decade.

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

In preparation of the end, some brands have started 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 reduces energy expenditure by around 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 utility expenses.

Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In short, the modifications to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you very much until you require repairs. But as we talked about previously, refrigerant repairs may be more costly because of the restricted quantities available.

Aside from that, your air conditioner typically malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re receiving lots of other appointments for AC repair.

If your air conditioner requires a phased out refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we suggest getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a stress-free summer and may even lower your electrical expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Comfort Concepts Heating & Air Conditioning provides many financing solutions to make your new air conditioner even more affordable. Contact us at 405-494-7444 to get started today with a free estimate.