Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Norrell Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have an AC system installed prior to 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding 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 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 particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the decreasing supply, and will no longer be accessible 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 AC equipment was produced before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved air conditioner refrigerant.
2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could invalidate your warranty(ies).
3) Continue to use recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to panic about the trouble 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 love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Norrell Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!