It’s possible you’ve never heard of R-22 or the fact that it’s being phased out of air conditioning systems, and that’s alright. We’re here to fill you in! Here are some things you need to know about R-22 and what to do if you’re unit still uses the refrigerant.
What is R-22?
R-22 is a refrigerant that’s common in many AC units. R-22 is a compound, also known as Freon, which is responsible for making your AC release cold air.
What’s wrong with R-22?
In 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency created a “phase-out” of many properties that are harmful to the ozone, which was called the Montreal Protocol. Scientists found that R-22 contained chlorine that isn’t friendly to our health or to the environment. The EPA found that R-22 was the most harmful of all of the refrigerants.
What’s Happening to R-22?
The official phase-out of the refrigerant began in 2003. By 2010, R-22 was prohibited. The only reason the coolant would still be used is through a certified technician, and it has to be recycled material.
Do I Have a Unit that Uses R-22?
There is a strong likelihood that if your air conditioner uses R-22 if it was installed before 2010. You can check for sure on the appliance name plate, which is typically on the outdoor condenser. If you want to know for sure, reach out to a professional at Mendez Heating and Air.
My unit uses R-22…what do I do?
If your unit uses R-22, then there are a couple of things you can do. Your best bet is to invest in a new unit that is more environmentally friendly. If your unit is more than 10 years old, it’s probably time to upgrade anyway. You can also have a professional make your unit able to take in a new refrigerant. Lastly, you could keep using R-22 at a more expensive cost.
If you have any questions or think your unit is using the R-22 refrigerant, give the professionals here at Mendez Heating and Air a call to find out what steps to take are the best for you.