Sunday, July 7, 2013

R-22 Phaseout

Background: In 2004 the Montreal Protocol was enacted to reduce the consumption of HCFCs. The protocol required the US to reduce HCFC consumption by 75% in 2010 and will require consumption to be reduced by 90% in 2015. By 2020, consumption must be reduced by 95.5%.

What does this mean to the consumer?  

HVAC manufacturers are no longer able to produce new air conditioners and heat pumps containing R-22. If you already own an R-22 system, you can continue to operate the system as you normally would. If you are purchasing a new system, you should consider purchasing a system that contains R-410A, a less costly and more environmentally friendly refrigerant. The downside to owning a system that contains R-22 refrigerant, is that as supplies continue to decrease, the cost of adding R-22 to your system will continue to rise. By 2020, R-22 production and importation into the United States will be banned entirely.

As repair costs have increased significantly, there are a few contractors that have attempted to find their own substitutes to R-22. The EPA warns homeowners, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants. Air conditioning systems are not designed to handle propane or other flammable refrigerants and the use of these substances poses a potential fire or explosion hazard. A reputable HVAC contractor will never suggest the use of unapproved refrigerants in your heating and cooling system.

Nathan Peterson, Owner
Peterson Heating & Cooling
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Peterson Heating & Cooling specializes in residential and light commercial heating, cooling, and ventilation. Serving the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas.

(573) 280-9647