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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 choices. 

RECAP: 

If you have air conditioning equipment installed before 2010, it probably 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. 

Launching in 2010, the manufacturing and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed. 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

R22 refrigerant is no longer produced in North America. 

You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this certain refrigerant. 

The cost of R22 is increasing because of the reducing supply, and won’t be obtainable for use at all by 2020. 

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

If your air conditioning system was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was produced before January 2010, you have a couple options: 

1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved AC refrigerant. 

2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. Understand, though, 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 have to worry about the trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to worry about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love 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 air conditioning system, just in time for spring! 

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