R22 is Phasing Out
In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed before 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and pleasant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Launching in 2010, the manufacturing and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will basically no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the decreasing supply, and will no longer be accessible 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 AC equipment was manufactured before January 2010, you have some options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved air conditioner refrigerant.
2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved AC 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 have to worry about the issue 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 help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!
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