R22 is Phasing Out 

In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing wanted to remind you of your choices. 

RECAP: 

If you have air conditioning equipment installed earlier than 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner 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. 

Starting in 2010, the making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed. 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America. 

You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this particular refrigerant. 

The cost of R22 is going up because of the dropping supply, and won’t be accessible for use at all by 2020. 

GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? 

If your AC equipment was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was manufactured 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 air conditioning system to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. However, this is not recommended because it could void your warranty(ies). 

3) Keep 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 agonize 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 & Plumbing today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring! 

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