IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: R22 Refrigerant is Being Phased Out

Tank of refrigerant gas with temperature and pressure gauges

With warmer temperatures upon us and the 2020 deadline for the R22 refrigerant phase-out approaching, Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of what the phase-out may mean for you and what your options are.

RECAP:

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from the air conditioner cool and comfy. 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 back in 2010, the production and import of systems that use R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will no longer be produced.

HIGHLIGHTS:

By 2020, R22 refrigerant will no longer be manufactured.

If a system uses R22, we should use R22 in that system.  We do not recommend mixing refrigerants or just using a different kind of refrigerant in that system because it reduces the cooling and performance of the system.

We can obtain R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant.

The cost of R22 is rising because of the decreasing supply, and in 2020 when production ends, we will only have access to what R22 stock remains and is available.

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

If your air conditioner uses R22, you have a couple of options:

1. Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which will use a refrigerant that is approved by the EPA.

2. Continue to use R22 for repairs. Keep in mind, this option may be expensive due to the rising costs for R22.  The repair costs compared with the cost of a new, upgraded system may make a system replacement the better option.  We want to provide you with all the options before you spend money to repair a system that uses phased-out, expensive refrigerant.

READY TO BE DONE WITH IT?

If you don’t want to worry about the hassle of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to stress about the rising costs of R22, or you just want to help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, ask your friendly Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning technician for a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for summer!


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