Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Calverley Service Experts wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have an air conditioning system installed before 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and comfortable. The [[U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]9] 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 basically 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 certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the decreasing supply, and will no longer be obtainable for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioning system was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was made before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could invalidate 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 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 improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Calverley Service Experts 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!