We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have an air conditioner installed earlier than 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The United States EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was contributing 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 essentially 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 specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the decreasing supply, and will not be obtainable for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioner was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved A/C refrigerant.
2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved AC 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 soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!