The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced that new production and importing of most Class II ODS (Ozone Depleting Substances) substances ( or HCFCs), including R-22, a refrigerant used in older air conditioners, will be phased out by 2020. HCFCs are harmful substances that can deplete the ozone layer. By stopping new production and importing of these substances, we can protect our ozone and the environment.
Servicing Heating and Cooling Systems with R-22
If you have an older air conditioner that uses R-22, you can still get your system serviced but instead of adding more R-22 to leaking systems, have an HVAC technician fix/repair the leak or consider purchasing a new heating and cooling system. By purchasing a newer system, you are using higher efficiency heating and cooling equipment that doesn't put holes in the ozone and doesn't use R-22 but uses other acceptable refrigerant used in air conditioners.
The Future Cost of R-22 and Availability
The EPA no longer allows production of air conditioners that use R-22. The government is shutting down production and import of R-22 in the United States by 2020. The cost of R-22 is likely to increase. This could make R-22 very expensive and eventually run out making servicing your older air conditioner extremely expensive. If you have a heating and cooling system that uses R-22, you should consider getting a new system that's energy efficient and less harmful for the environment.
To learn more about high efficiency heating and cooling systems or to receive an estimate on new equipment, call Faszold Service Company at 636-397-1237 or contact us online.