In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Peitz Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have an air conditioner installed before 2010, it most likely 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 contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Launching in 2010, the manufacturing and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising because of the dropping supply, and will no longer be accessible for use at all by 2020.
GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If your air conditioner was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioner was manufactured 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 an expert to replace the parts in your current air conditioning system to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. However, 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 have to worry about the trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to agonize about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Peitz Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring!