We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have an air conditioner installed earlier than 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner 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.
Beginning 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 AC equipment that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the dropping supply, and will not be available for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioning system was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was produced before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. Understand, though, this is not recommended because it could void your warranty(ies).
3) Stick with using recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to have to worry about the trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to agonize about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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!