Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have an air conditioner installed earlier than 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Launching 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 conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing 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 air conditioner was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. Understand, though, this is not recommended because it could void your warranty(ies).
3) Continue to use recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to have to worry about the hassle 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring!