We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Service Experts Commercial HVAC wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed before 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and pleasant. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Starting in 2010, the manufacturing and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the dropping supply, and won’t be obtainable for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your AC equipment was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved A/C refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could invalidate your warranty(ies).
3) Stick with using recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to panic about the trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to agonize about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!