Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed earlier than 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be 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 production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer produced in North America.
You can obtain recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising because of the dropping supply, and will not be available for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your AC equipment was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioner was made before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current air conditioner 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) Keep using recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to stress about the hassle of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to stress about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Teays Valley 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!