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

Subject to when your air conditioner was installed, it may need R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Milwaukee, as well as how these phaseouts impact you.

What’s R-22 and Why Is It Phased Out?

If your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it probably contains Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner contains it by calling us at 414-207-4034. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is situated outside your residence. This sticker will have info on what kind of refrigerant your AC needs.

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

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

It varies. If your air conditioning is running correctly, you can continue to use it. With routine air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your air conditioning to last around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy reports 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 might lead to a problem if you need air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be more expensive, since only reduced levels of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the discontinuation of R-22, a lot of new air conditioners now have Puron®. Also called R-410A, this refrigerant was made to keep the ozone layer healthy. Since it calls for an incompatible pressure level, it doesn’t work with air conditioners that rely on R-22 for cooling.

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

What Refrigerant Will Take Over R-410A?

In preparation of the discontinuation, some companies have initiated using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant ranks low for global warming likelihood—about 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 might be passed on to you through your utility costs.

Done Right Air Can Help with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t impact you greatly until you have to have repairs. But as we discussed previously, refrigerant repairs may be more costly due to the restricted levels available.

Not to mention, your air conditioner usually breaks down at the worst time, frequently on the muggiest day when we’re experiencing lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on a discontinued refrigerant or is aging, we advise getting an up-to-date, energy-efficient air conditioner. This ensures a stress-free summer and could even reduce your electrical bills, especially if you get an ENERGY STAR®-rated system. Plus, Done Right Air has many financing programs to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 414-207-4034 to begin now with a free estimate.