Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Falso Service Experts wanted to remind you of your courses of action.
If you have an AC system installed before 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfortable. The United States EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Launching in 2010, the production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will basically no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the decreasing supply, and will no longer 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 doesn’t apply to 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 A/C refrigerant.
2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. Understand, though, 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 panic about the trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to stress about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Falso Service Experts 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!