In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Parker Pearce Service Experts wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have an air conditioner installed before 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and comfortable. 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.
Starting in 2010, the production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer produced in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the dropping supply, and will no longer be obtainable 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 won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioning system was manufactured before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires 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 A/C refrigerant. Understand, though, 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 have to worry about the hassle 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 help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Parker Pearce Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!