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 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 making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the reducing supply, and will not 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 won’t affect you. However, if your AC equipment was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved A/C refrigerant.
2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. However, 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 panic about the issue of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to agonize about the increasing 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 complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring!