We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have an air conditioning system installed earlier than 2010, it probably 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.
Launching in 2010, the manufacturing and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much 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 certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising because of the decreasing supply, and will not be accessible for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your AC equipment was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioner was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. However, this is not recommended because it could void your warranty(ies).
3) Keep using recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to panic about the trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to agonize about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!