In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed earlier than 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and pleasant. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Launching in 2010, the manufacturing 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 obtain recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising because of the reducing supply, and will not be obtainable for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioner was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was made before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved air conditioner refrigerant.
2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. However, this is not recommended because it could void 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 trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to stress about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!