R22 is Phasing Out 

Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Stevenson Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options. 

RECAP: 

If you have an air conditioning system installed earlier than 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and comfortable. 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. 

Starting in 2010, the production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed. 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

R22 refrigerant is no longer produced in North America. 

You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this certain refrigerant. 

The cost of R22 is going up because of the reducing 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 manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options: 

1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses 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 air conditioner refrigerant. Keep in mind, 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 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 Stevenson Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring! 

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