If you’ve just had a heating and cooling technician install a brand new central air conditioning unit, then you won’t be affected at all by the phase out of R-22 refrigerant. However, if your unit is older than 2010, the phase out could affect you. Here’s what you need to know about this transition.
About R-22 Refrigerant
Refrigerant circulates through the coils in your air conditioning unit. When the AC is turned on, the compressor and other components transform the refrigerant from a liquid to a gas, and vice versa. These transformations allow the refrigerant to cool your home or office.
About the Phase Out of R-22
In 2010, a ban was implemented on the production and import of R-22 refrigerant. The ban was implemented because R-22, also known as Freon, is contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer. The depletion of the ozone layer is already having disastrous environmental consequences, and the ban is intended to mitigate the effects of Freon. The phase out of R-22 has been gradual. Since 2010, the production and importation of R-22 has been slowly decreased. However, 2020 isn’t too far away, and when 2019 ends, all production and import of R-22 in the U.S. will be banned.
About Older Air Conditioners
After 2020, it will still be possible to purchase recycled R-22 refrigerant if your old AC needs a recharge. However, it’s expected that the cost will be significant. This means that if you have an older AC that has begun to break down frequently, it will likely be more cost-effective for you to upgrade to a new unit, rather than to try to keep on repairing it after 2020.
When it’s time to upgrade your old air conditioner, talk to the expert technicians at B & J Refrigeration Inc. – Heating and Cooling. We are pleased to offer residential and commercial services throughout the Tucson area, including installations of new AC units and repairs of existing air conditioners. You can reach our friendly office staff at (520) 355-4857.