In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Strand Brothers Service Experts wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have an AC system installed earlier than 2010, it most likely 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 contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Starting 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 made in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the decreasing 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 won’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was manufactured before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved A/C refrigerant.
2) Call an HVAC company 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) Continue to use 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 stress about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Strand Brothers 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!