Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, TML Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have an air conditioner installed prior to 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and pleasant. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding 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 pretty much 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 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 air conditioning system was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was produced before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could invalidate 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 trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to worry about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call TML 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!