We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed prior to 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding 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 manufactured in North America.
You can obtain recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising because of the reducing supply, and won’t be obtainable for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioning system was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was made before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved air conditioner refrigerant.
2) Call an HVAC company 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 void your warranty(ies).
3) Keep using 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 worry about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!