R22 is Phasing Out 

In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, Stevenson Service Experts wanted to remind you of your courses of action. 

RECAP: 

If you have an air conditioning system installed before 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and pleasant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. 

Starting in 2010, the manufacturing and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed. 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

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 rising because of the dropping supply, and won’t be accessible for use at all by 2020. 

GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? 

If your air conditioner was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was made before January 2010, you have a few options: 

1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved A/C refrigerant. 

2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current air conditioning system to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. Understand, though, this is not recommended because it could invalidate your warranty(ies). 

3) Continue to use 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 rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Stevenson Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring! 

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