We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Neal Harris Service Experts 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 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 basically no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can purchase 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 will not be obtainable for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioner 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 some options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved A/C refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner 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 stress 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 today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!