Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Air Engineers Service Experts wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have an AC system installed before 2010, it probably 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 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 obtain 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 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 doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was produced before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Purchase 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 AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. However, this is not recommended because it could invalidate 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 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 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!