Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have an air conditioning system installed earlier than 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 adding to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Launching in 2010, the making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can obtain recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the reducing supply, and will not 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 doesn’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved A/C refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. Understand, though, 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 panic about the hassle 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 Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!