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 air conditioning equipment installed prior to 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be 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 production and import 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 particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising 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 made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was produced before January 2010, you have some options:
1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires 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 air conditioner refrigerant. Keep in mind, 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 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 free in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!