In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have an air conditioner installed prior to 2010, it likely 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 contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Launching in 2010, the making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the decreasing supply, and won’t be available 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 affect you. However, if your AC equipment was produced before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current air conditioning system to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. However, this is not recommended because it could void 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 hassle of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to worry 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 complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!