In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Freschi Service Experts wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed prior to 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be 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.
Starting 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 manufactured in North America.
You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing 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 conditioning system was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was produced before January 2010, you have some options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved AC 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 help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Freschi Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!