In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have an air conditioner installed before 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and comfortable. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Launching in 2010, the production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer produced in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising because of the reducing supply, and will no longer be accessible for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioning system was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was produced before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved A/C refrigerant.
2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. However, 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 stress about the issue of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to stress about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!