You might not think often about how your air conditioner operates, but it relies on refrigerant to keep your residence fresh. This refrigerant is bound by environmental regulation, as it contains chemicals.

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may require R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll review the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Santa Clarita, in addition to how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why Is It No Longer Being Made?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it possibly has Freon®. You can discover if your air conditioner has it by contacting us at 818-306-3387. You can also inspect the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is located outside your residence. This sticker will contain details on what model of refrigerant your AC has.

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

I Have a R-22 Air Conditioner. Should I Replace It?

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

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it can lead to an issue if you need air conditioning repair down the road, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, as only small quantities of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is accessible.

With the discontinuation of R-22, most new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also referred to as R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Because it needs a different pressure level, it isn’t compatible with air conditioners that need R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to contribute to global warming. As a result, it may also sometime be phased out. Although it hasn’t been communicated 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 potential—around one-third less than R-410A. And it also reduces energy expenditure by about 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 utility bills.

Verona HVAC Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In brief, the changes to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t affect you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we discussed previously, refrigerant-related repairs can be more expensive since there are the reduced amounts available.

Not to mention, your air conditioner typically malfunctions at the worst time, frequently on the hottest day when we’re experiencing many other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a phased out refrigerant or is getting old, we suggest upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a trouble-free summer and may even decrease your cooling expenses, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Verona HVAC provides many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 818-306-3387 to get started today with a free estimate.