In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Rob's Albertan Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options.
If you have an air conditioning system installed before 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. 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 making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed.
R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America.
You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this specific refrigerant.
The cost of R22 is increasing because of the reducing supply, and will not be obtainable 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 conditioner was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call a professional to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. Keep in mind, 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 stress about the issue 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 Rob's Albertan 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!