In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed earlier than 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and pleasant. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Beginning 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 produced in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the decreasing supply, and won’t be accessible 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 air conditioner was manufactured before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved air conditioner 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 nullify your warranty(ies).
3) Stick with 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 stress about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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!