You might not think a lot about how your air conditioner functions, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your home cold. This refrigerant is subject to environmental laws, because of the chemicals it contains.

Based on when your air conditioner was put in, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll discuss the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Rockford, plus how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why Is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it likely has Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner contains it by contacting us at (815) 914-6197. You can also examine the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will contain details on what model of refrigerant your AC needs.

Freon, which is also referred to as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider R-22 to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that contributes to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which controls refrigerants in the United States, barred 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 running fine, you can continue to use it. With yearly 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 yearly cooling expenses!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it may lead to difficulties if you have to have air conditioning repair in the future, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs could be higher-priced, since only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the discontinuation of R-22, most new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer strong. As it requires a different pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the potential to contribute to global warming. As a result, it may also ultimately be ended. Although it hasn’t been mandated yet for residential air conditioners, it’s likely 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 rates low for global warming possibility—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 may be forwarded on to you through your energy bills.

Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you greatly until you need repairs. But as we discussed earlier, refrigerant repairs might be more expensive because of the reduced amounts on hand.

Not to mention, your air conditioner often breaks down at the worst time, often on the muggiest day when we’re receiving lots of other calls for AC repair.

If your air conditioner uses an outdated refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we recommend upgrading to an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a hassle-free summer and can even decrease your cooling expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling offers many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at (815) 914-6197 to start today with a free estimate.