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 conditioning system installed earlier than 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The United States EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Beginning 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 manufactured in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the reducing supply, and will not be accessible for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioner was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was made before January 2010, you have some options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses 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 AC refrigerant. However, this is not recommended because it could nullify your warranty(ies).
3) Continue to use recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to have to worry about the trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to agonize about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to help 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 conditioner, just in time for spring!