Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, San Antonio Air Service Experts wanted to remind you of your choices.
If you have an air conditioner installed earlier than 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The [[U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]9] began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
Launching in 2010, the production and import 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 AC equipment that use this certain 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 won’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was made before January 2010, you have a few options:
1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved AC refrigerant.
2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. Understand, though, 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 worry about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call San Antonio Air 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!