In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Bob Brown Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have an air conditioner installed earlier than 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfortable. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Starting 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 produced 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 AC equipment was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioner was made before January 2010, you have some options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved AC 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. Understand, though, this is not recommended because it could nullify 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 hassle 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 Bob Brown Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!