R22 is Phasing Out 

We told you last summer 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 conditioner installed prior to 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was contributing to 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 AC equipment that use this certain refrigerant. 

The cost of R22 is increasing because of the dropping supply, and won’t be obtainable 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 doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was made before January 2010, you have a few options: 

1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved air conditioner refrigerant. 

2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. Keep in mind, 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 trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to worry about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve 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 AC system, just in time for spring! 

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