R22 is Phasing Out 

We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing wanted to remind you of your courses of action. 

RECAP: 

If you have an air conditioner installed before 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and pleasant. 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. 

Beginning in 2010, the making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed. 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

R22 refrigerant is no longer produced in North America. 

You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this certain refrigerant. 

The cost of R22 is increasing because of the dropping supply, and will not be available for use at all by 2020. 

GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? 

If your AC equipment was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioning system was produced before January 2010, you have a few options: 

1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses 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 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 stress about the trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to worry about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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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