R22 is Phasing Out

February 14, 2017

Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Levy & Son Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options.

RECAP:

If you have an AC system installed earlier than 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and comfy. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding to 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.

HIGHLIGHTS:

R22 refrigerant is no longer produced in North America.

You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant.

The cost of R22 is going up because of the decreasing supply, and will not 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 won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioning system was made before January 2010, you have some options:

1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved AC refrigerant.

2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. However, this is not recommended because it could invalidate your warranty(ies).

3) Keep using 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 soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Levy & Son Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!

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