Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Donelson Air Service Experts wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have an air conditioning system installed earlier than 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps 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.
Starting in 2010, the making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America.
You can get 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 not be obtainable 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 apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was made before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved A/C refrigerant.
2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could void your warranty(ies).
3) Stick with 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 improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Donelson Air Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring!