We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Becht/Givens Service Experts wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed earlier than 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfortable. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Starting in 2010, the manufacturing and importing 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 obtain recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this certain refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the dropping 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 conditioning system was produced before January 2010, you have a couple options:
1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. However, 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 have to worry 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 help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Becht/Givens Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring!