In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have an air conditioner installed before 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 AC equipment that use this particular 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 AC equipment was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was manufactured before January 2010, you have some options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current AC equipment 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) Continue to use 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 worry about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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!