Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Bye, bye to R-22
As of January 1, 2010, all manufactors of HVAC equipment stopped the manufactoring of equipment that uses the refrigerant known as R-22. For those that don't know, the EPA decided some time ago to rid the earth of the ozone depleting refrigerant know as R-22. What does this mean for the HVAC consumer? Well for one, the price. With the first stages of the HCFC phase out begining you can bet that the price of R-22 refrigerant will continue to rise at a rapid pace. This will also affect you when it comes to replacing half of your HVAC system versus the whole system as a lot of people have done in the past, something that I would never recommend for an older system. We have until 2020 for the refrigerant to be completely phased out. Hopefully with the begining stages of this phase out upon us, it will result in a better environment for us and the future. For more info on the R-22 phase out, visit www.epa.gov .