In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, D.A. Bennett Service Experts wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed prior to 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and pleasant. 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.
Beginning in 2010, the making 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 obtain recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the dropping supply, and won’t be available 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 affect you. However, if your air conditioner was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved air conditioner refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current air conditioning system to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could nullify your warranty(ies).
3) Stick with using recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to stress about the issue of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to stress about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!