What You Need to Know About R22 Phase OutJuly 17th, 2014 by Airedale Cooling
From the start of next year, it will be illegal to use HCFCs, including the refrigerant gas R22 which was commonly used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems pre-dating 2004. Recent studies have shown that the gas, which was utilised for its coolant properties, may not be as safe as many once thought. It has proven to be an ozone-depleting gas which can have immensely detrimental effects on the environment and contribute to global warming.
As a result of these findings, under Ozone regulations an immediate ban was enforced on the use of HCFCs, phasing out R22 and all other HCFCs in the process. New legislation was written stating all air conditioning and refrigerant units must not use the R22 gas so it is swiftly phased out, removed and completely replaced. This led to the total discontinuation of new air conditioning systems using R22 in 2004.
Despite the initial panic for some companies who currently have units installed containing this gas, the phasing out of R22 is extremely beneficial in the long run. For those with old R22 air conditioning systems installed, any maintenance or repair work will prove to be very costly due to its out-dated parts. Therefore, switching to a more environmentally friendly option will be the more cost-effective solution over time.
Although at the point of installation, many thought using R22 was an efficient choice, it was actually using considerably more energy than the latest alternative air conditioning systems which utilise non-HCFC refrigerants. In some cases, these new systems use as much as 50% less energy, proving to be a much more environmentally friendly option and saving companies money on typically expensive energy bills.
Phasing out R22 and switching to more preferred alternatives can save businesses money in the long run. However, some large-scale companies who have installed R22 units in a number of their offices may not be able to afford the associated costs of changing the systems over. The removal and replacement process must be carried out cautiously and safely by professionals to avoid any risk of accidents from the hazardous substances involved.
Keeping up-to-date with the latest industry regulations and legal requirements is essential for any working environment, and these changes to R22 units are no exception. Despite some rebuttal from companies due to the cost and possible disruption, legislation states that all R22 units must be replaced by 1st January 2015 to comply with the new legalities.
Get in touch with our team of experts here at Airedale Cooling for further information about this phase out, or for any related air conditioning services. With over 30 years’ of experience in the industry, we have the knowledge and expertise to help with any air conditioning enquiry and find the ideal solution for you. Simply give us a call or contact us online today!