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Changes Are Coming For Systems That Use R-22 refrigerant

Posted on May 9, 2016

R-22 is a commonly-used air conditioner refrigerant. If your home air conditioning system is more than a few years old, it probably uses R-22. If this is the case with your system, there is a federally-mandated phase-out plan for the refrigerant that you need to start planning for. R-22 has been deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency to be harmful to the environment due to its ozone-depletion tendencies. Several years ago, the EPA set in motion a policy that will result in the elimination of R-22 production after Jan. 1, 2020. As the HVAC industry begins to ready itself for this deadline, consumption of R-22 has dropped off dramatically in recent years. However, the remaining demand for the refrigerant far exceeds the dwindling supply and driving up the price for R-22. These increases are expected to escalate as the 2020 deadline approaches.

The good news is your R-22-charged system can still be serviced and charged if necessary until Jan. 1, 2020. But, as with any system, you should keep a close eye on it to ensure there are no leaks of this harmful refrigerant. If your system is not cooling efficiently or you suspect it may have a leak, immediate A/C repair or service is needed. Regular maintenance and tune-ups will also help to detect and prevent leaks, save money and contribute to the protection of our environment. A fully-charged system also runs more efficiently, thereby avoiding costly repairs, keeping utility bills lower and extending your system’s lifespan.

The General’s qualified technicians can inspect your system and help you make a sound decision when it comes to recharging, repairing or replacing it. If replacement is needed, we can find the best option with a new air conditioner that uses more environmentally-friendly refrigerants such as R410A, which are widely available. Call us today to find out more about these new systems or about your current R-22 system.