R22 refrigerant is being phased out, here’s what that means for you
Every air conditioner uses refrigerant to cool your home, a fact that is about to become costly for home and business owners. One of the most commonly used refrigerants is R22. It is becoming expensive, hard to find and will soon be illegal. By 2020, R22 will be completely eliminated from air conditioning.
Why is R22 going to be banned?
R22 is considered to be an ODS or Ozone Depleting Substance. In 2006, a world-wide Clean Air Act meeting was held in Montreal Canada where numerous world leaders agreed to outlaw certain ODS compounds. R22 was near the top of the list.
The Montreal Protocol restricted the manufacturing and importing of R22, starting in 2010. It is scheduled to be totally eliminated by 2020. That is less than three years away! For more information on the details of this phase-out, visit the federal EPA website.
What This Means for You
Air conditioners that require R22 were manufactured up until 2015. Unless your system was installed after that, odds are that you rely on R22 to cool your home. The shortage has already begun and is affecting businesses, industry, and homes. By 2020, and potentially sooner, you will no longer be able to recharge your air conditioner with R22.
Don’t panic! You do have options, and TLC is here to help you make the best choice for your family. We highly suggest that you don’t wait until the last minute. R22 replacements will be in high demand come 2020, so beat the rush and don’t risk supplies running out.
Two Options for Phasing Out R22 Refrigerant
1. Have the R22 removed and disposed
TLC is licensed to remove and dispose of R22 to bring your unit back up to regulation. Once the old refrigerant is removed, the system will be recharged with an environmentally friendly replacement that is approved to meet the new standards.
One benefit to this option is that you won’t have to replace your system. The down-side is that the new refrigerant can cause you to lose up to 15% energy efficiency, and your energy costs may increase. Your unit may also need modifications and new parts.
2. Replace your R22 AC system
HVAC manufacturers now offer new systems that provide better cooling options and are even more efficient with the new refrigerants. TLC’s experienced technicians stand ready to assist you in choosing the system that is right for you. If your current unit is more than 10 – 12 years old, you may want to consider replacing your refrigerated air conditioner as your best option.
Unless you cool your home with a swamp (evaporative) cooler, you will want to make the switch from R22 to an approved refrigerant sooner than later. 2020 is just around the corner and will bring with it a rush on R22 alternatives and new systems. Get ahead of the curve. Contact your TLC professional today.