In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have an AC system installed prior to 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and comfy. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Beginning in 2010, the production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will basically no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can obtain recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the reducing supply, and won’t be accessible for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioning system was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was manufactured before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved air conditioner refrigerant.
2) Call an expert 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) Keep 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 agonize about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!