R22 is a refrigerant used in most air conditioning systems installed before 2010 which is currently being phased out of production because it contribute to ozone depletion and global warming. If your AC system was installed during this period, you will need to replace the R22 to comply with new environmental regulations.
Region Energy has EPA-certified technicians that can take care of your R22 replacement, with options including R22 draining. And we can answer any questions you have about the R22 phase out and the initiative to improve our environment.
R22 refrigerant has been used for years in central AC systems, heat pumps, mini-splits, car AC systems, and other refrigeration equipment. It helps absorb and remove heat from a space. You might have heard of R22 already; it also goes by its chemical name, hydrochlorofluorocarbon 22 (HCFC 22).
R22 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to the depletion of Earth’s ozone layer, and to global warming. The ozone absorbs harmful UV radiation, so it is important to pinpoint and eliminate greenhouse gases whenever possible. The R22 phase out is occurring in accordance with the U.S. Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
Any air conditioner installed before 2010 probably uses R22. Check the nameplate on the unit to find out what type of refrigerant it uses.
R22 will be completely phased out by January 1, 2020. No new or imported R22 will be allowed in the U.S. after this date, and technicians can only use recycled, reclaimed, or previously produced R22 to service equipment.
All air conditioners and cooling equipment currently being manufactured use hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. Most common is R410A, but others include R134a, R407C, and R407A. These refrigerants are just as effective as R22, but has no ozone depleting characteristics and relatively low Global Warming Potential (GWP).
There is no need to replace your existing system if it is operating normally, but if it does need servicing, you have multiple options.
No, units that use R22 are not compatible with R-410 refrigerants. Using the wrong refrigerant can result in the failure of your air conditioning system.
You can’t simply take your R22 air conditioner to the curb and expect the garbage truck to come pick it up. The easiest, and safest, way to dispose of R22 is to have a professional technician drain the refrigerant lines. Region’s EPA-certified technicians can perform this service while installing your new air conditioning system. Also, be sure NOT to cut refrigerant lines, or remove the compressor before the refrigerant is drained. This is illegal under the Clean Air Act and EPA regulations.
Contact Region today if you have other questions, or for more information about R22 replacement or other AC services. We always strive to find the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly option for you.
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