We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have an air conditioning system installed before 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and pleasant. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Starting 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 get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the decreasing supply, and will not 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 apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was manufactured before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses 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 air conditioner refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could void your warranty(ies).
3) Continue to use recycled R22 until 2020.
READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?
If you don’t want to stress about the issue 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 improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!