In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, R & M Climate Control Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed prior to 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfortable. 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 making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will basically no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can obtain recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising because of the dropping supply, and will no longer be obtainable for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your AC equipment was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioner was produced before January 2010, you have some options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call an expert 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 panic about the hassle of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to worry about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!