Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Broad Ripple Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have air conditioning equipment installed earlier than 2010, it most 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.
Beginning 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 manufactured in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is rising because of the dropping supply, and will no longer be available 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 affect you. However, if your AC equipment was made 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 HVAC company to replace the parts in your current air conditioning system to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could invalidate 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 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 Broad Ripple Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!