In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Pardee Service Experts wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have an air conditioner installed earlier than 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and comfortable. The United States EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Beginning in 2010, the production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this particular refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is going up because of the reducing 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 conditioner was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was manufactured before January 2010, you have some options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved air conditioner refrigerant.
2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could nullify your warranty(ies).
3) Continue to use 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 stress about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Pardee Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!