We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Norrell Service Experts wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have an AC system installed before 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.
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 purchase recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the reducing supply, and will no longer 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 AC equipment was produced before January 2010, you have a couple 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 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) Stick with using recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to panic about the hassle 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 love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Norrell 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!