R22 is Phasing Out

February 14, 2017

We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Air Engineers Service Experts wanted to remind you of your courses of action.

RECAP:

If you have an AC system installed prior to 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The United States EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.

Launching in 2010, the production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed.

HIGHLIGHTS:

R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.

You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this certain refrigerant.

The cost of R22 is going up because of the decreasing supply, and will no longer 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 won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioner was produced before January 2010, you have some options:

1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved air conditioner refrigerant.

2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current air conditioning system to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. However, this is not recommended because it could invalidate 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 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 help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Air Engineers Service Experts 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!

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