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 options.
If you have an AC system installed prior to 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Starting in 2010, the manufacturing and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America.
You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the dropping supply, and will no longer be available for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your AC equipment was manufactured 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 some options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved air conditioner refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. Understand, though, this is not recommended because it could invalidate 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 worry about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve 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!