2014 Outlook of the R-22 Market on Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

2014 Outlook of the R-22 Market on Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

2014 Outlook of the R-22 Market on Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

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After the discovery that R-22 has many negative effects for the environment, many new, greener refrigerants have been developed to take its place. Since the year 2010, the United States has ceased the use of R-22 refrigerant in new refrigerators and air conditioners. Thus if you have replaced your air conditioner or refrigerator after January 1, 2010, it probably does not use R-22 refrigerant. This manufacturing of R-22 refrigerant will cease entirely on January 1, 2020. After this time, all R-22 used to service existing air conditioners or refrigerators will come from stores of recycled or reclaimed R-22, as no new R-22 can be introduced into the United States. 

 
Current Use of R-22
R-22 was a popular refrigerant for over four decades. The widespread use of R-22 means that if you own an air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump that predates the year 2010, it is likely that your comfort system uses R-22 as its refrigerant. If your air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump requires additional refrigerant between today and the year 2020, new R-22 may currently be used. However, because the import and manufacture of R-22 is now limited, you can expect the cost of replacing R-22 in your existing system to rise.
 
Future Use of R-22
After the year 2020, no new R-22 may be introduced into the United States. If your older air conditioner, refrigerator or heat pump requires additional refrigerant after this time, it may only be added from a store of reclaimed and recycled R-22. Because this supply will be extremely limited, it will become even more costly to replace the refrigerant in your existing system. Alternatively, you may be able to retrofit your appliance to allow it to use alternative types of refrigerant. While the retrofit itself may be costly, the price of alternative refrigerants will certainly be less than the cost of using limited R-22. However, many HVAC manufacturers warn that using a refrigerant other than that which the system was designed for, and that it may also void any current warranty. Your air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump may also be more costly to run on a daily basis and may not deliver the cooling you expect. In this case, the most cost-effective solution may be to completely replace your older appliance with a new one that was originally designed to utilize refrigerants other than R-22. This option will deliver better performance at lower cost over the long term. 
 
If you’re concerned about the long-term cost of your air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump and how the R-22 restrictions will affect you, your heating and cooling technician can help. Take a look through our website to find out more about your heating and cooling options, or click through the articles on our blog for more information about the heating and cooling industry standards and what they mean for you.

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2014 Outlook of the R-22 Mandate on Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

2014 Outlook of the R-22 Mandate on Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

2014 Outlook of the R-22 Mandate on Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

% title%After the discovery that R-22 has many negative effects for the environment, many newer, greener refrigerants have been developed to take its place. Since the year 2010, the United States has ceased the production and import of R-22 refrigerant for use in new refrigerators and air conditioners. Thus if you have replaced your air conditioner or refrigerator after January 1, 2010, it probably does not use R-22 refrigerant. However, R-22 may still be manufactured or imported for use in existing air conditioners and refrigerators. This practice will cease on January 1, 2020. After this time, all R-22 used to service existing air conditioners or refrigerators will come from stores of recycled or reclaimed R-22, as no new R-22 can be introduced into the United States.

Current Use of R-22

R-22 was a popular refrigerant for over four decades. The widespread use of R-22 means that if you own an air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump that predates the year 2010, it is likely that your comfort system uses R-22 as its refrigerant. If your air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump requires additional refrigerant between today and the year 2020, new R-22 may still be added. However, because the import and manufacture of R-22 is now limited, you can expect the cost of replacing R-22 refrigerant in your existing system to rise sharply, increasing the overall cost to service a home’s central air conditioner.

Future Use of R-22 Refrigerant

After the year 2020, no new R-22 refrigerant may be introduced into the United States. If your older air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump requires additional refrigerant after this time, it may only be added from a store of reclaimed and recycled R-22. Because this supply will be extremely limited and become very rare over time, it will become even more costly to replace the refrigerant in your existing system.

Alternatively, you may be able to retrofit your air conditioning system to allow it to use alternative types of refrigerant. While the retrofit itself may be costly, the price of alternative refrigerants will be less than the cost of using R-22. However, HVAC manufacturers and certified AC service contractors warn that using a refrigerant other than R-22 in an older system, even if it has been retrofitted, may not provide efficient performance, and will likely cause any warranty to be void. The air conditioner, refrigerator, or heat pump may become more costly to run on a daily basis and may fail to deliver adequate cooling, or even cause damage to part of the air conditioning equipment. In this case, the most cost-effective solution may be to completely replace your older air conditioner with a new one that was originally designed to utilize refrigerants other than R-22.

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How Do You Know If the R-22 Report Affects You?

How Do You Know If the R-22 Report Affects You?

How Do You Know If the R-22 Report Affects You?

% title%R-22, also known Freon, is a chemical refrigerant used in many air conditioning systems. For over 40 years, R-22 was the refrigerant of choice in the Heating and Air Conditioning industry. However, studies have found that R-22 is both a greenhouse gas and a gas known to deplete the ozone layer that protects the Earth from harmful solar radiation. As a result of these findings, R-22 is now being phased out of use in the United States. Keep reading to find out more about the phaseout of R-22 and how it could affect you.

How Is R-22 Being Phased Out?

Since 2010, R-22 has not been used in the production of new air conditioning systems in the U.S. However, R-22 can still be manufactured or imported by HVAC companies to maintain or repair existing equipment. By the year 2020, R-22 will no longer be imported or manufactured at all in the U.S. At that point, the existing supply of R-22 will come from recycled refrigerant collected from old air conditioners.

Does Your HVAC System Use R-22?

If you have an air conditioner that was manufactured before 2010, your equipment will most likely use R-22. However, if you purchased your air conditioner after January 1, 2010, then your air conditioner would most likely not use R22. You can check the type of refrigerant your air conditioner uses by inspecting the appliance’s nameplate, which states the type of refrigerant it uses. This nameplate is often found on the outdoor condenser of your central air conditioning system. Alternatively, you can check your user’s manual or contact your local Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Service Company to find out whether your air conditioner uses R-22 refrigerant.

What Does This Mean for Consumers?

If you own an older appliance that uses R-22 refrigerant, you don’t need to stop using it or replace your system immediately. However, increasingly limited supplies of R-22 have driven the cost of this refrigerant up. The rise in the price of R-22 means that since 2010, the cost of repairing older HVAC equipment has also been on the rise. As R-22 supplies continue to shrink, the cost of making repairs to older appliances will only continue to increase. Furthermore, if your older equipment does need repairs, only a technician certified by the US EPA should service it to avoid accidents that could cause R-22 to leak or escape into the atmosphere.

What Can You Do?

For now, repairs to your current HVAC system can be made using new R-22. While you can choose to replace the R-22 in your current system with an alternative more environmentally friendly refrigerant, this solution is not ideal. Rather than switching refrigerants, HVAC professionals recommend replacing your entire Air Conditioning system once you have determined that the cost of maintaining exceeds the value of the system. When you do replace your air conditioning system with a newer one, you will need to replace both the indoor coil and outdoor unit, as well as clean and flush the refrigerant lines that connect the indoor unit to the outdoor unit, to ensure your new system works properly.

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