R22 is Phasing Out 

We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing wanted to remind you of your courses of action. 

RECAP: 

If you have air conditioning equipment installed before 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and pleasant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 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 pretty much no longer be allowed. 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

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 reducing supply, and will not be accessible 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 AC equipment was produced before January 2010, you have a couple options: 

1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved A/C 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) Keep using recycled R22 until 2020. 

READY TO BE DONE WITH IT? 

If you don’t want to stress about the hassle of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to agonize about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring! 

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