Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Niagara Home Services by Enercare wanted to remind you of your options.
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 comfortable. The [[U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]9] 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 basically no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can obtain recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising because of the decreasing supply, and will not be available 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 doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was manufactured before January 2010, you have some 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. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could nullify your warranty(ies).
3) Continue to use 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 rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Niagara Home Services by Enercare today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring!