When does R22 refrigerant (Freon) become illegal ??

November 21, 2018 0 Comments

When does the R22 phase out ?? the definitive date

Freon the former industry-standard R22 refrigerant is being phased out worldwide due to its harmful effects on the ozone layer.

January 1, 2020

As per the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), R22 refrigerant will become illegal in the United States on January 1, 2020.

After that R22 refrigerant phase out date, R22 refrigerant can no longer be manufactured or imported into the US.

If you’ve been limping along with your old leaky AC for a while by periodically adding more R22 refrigerant (a.k.a Freon), those days are numbered and now is the time to figure out your plan for replacing the system.

Also, if you are experiencing problems with your AC system, doing nothing is not really an option, either, since your comfort level are probably unacceptable for you.

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The best replacement for R-22 Freon is usually R-407c and is less expensive than many other R-22 replacement refrigerants.

How Do I Know If My AC Unit Uses R22?  AC label R22

Most air conditioning system built before 2010 will likely have R22, if you installed your air conditioner unit after January 1, 2010, then you may not have R22. You can also find the type of refrigerant your system runs on by looking at the outdoor condenser of your central air conditioning system. If you still can’t find it, you can grab your ac user’s manual.

Instead Of Freon what ?? Use Puron

The AC industry has moved from R22 to R410a, which you may identify by the brand name Puron. R410a provides a higher safety rating and an ozone depletion rating of zero, and it performed slightly better on energy-efficiency tests than R22.

You may also see the prices of R22 climb as demand continues to rise on a substance that is no longer produced or widely available.

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It’s a huge expense to replace a ac system. While it’s bad enough when you know it’s coming, having to do so with no early warning is much worse.

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Avoid an emergency air conditioner replacement?

You probably already know that replacing an AC system in the summer season will take longer and more expensive than doing it during the off-season, as demand is greater for all available resources. As we near the date of January 1, 2020 when R22 becomes illegal, the demand for R22 system replacements is going to sky rocket.

Ozone is a layer in the earth’s stratosphere at an altitude of about 6.2 miles (10 km) containing a high concentration of ozone, which absorbs most of the ultraviolet radiation reaching the earth from the sun.

The ozone layer in the stratosphere absorbs a portion of the radiation from the sun, preventing it from reaching the planet’s surface. Most importantly, it absorbs the portion of UV light called UVB. UVB has been linked to many harmful effects, including skin cancers, cataracts, and harm to some crops and marine life.

Phaseout of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

Ozone-depleting substances compounds that contributes to stratospheric ozone depletion include chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), halons, methyl bromide, carbon tetrachloride, hydrobromofluorocarbons, chlorobromomethane, and methyl chloroform.

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Ozone Depletion

When chlorine and bromine atoms come into contact with ozone in the stratosphere, they destroy ozone molecules. One chlorine atom can destroy over 100,000 ozone molecules before it is removed from the stratosphere. Ozone can be destroyed more quickly than it is naturally created.

Not all chlorine and bromine sources contribute to ozone layer depletion. For example, researchers have found that chlorine from swimming pools, industrial plants, sea salt, and volcanoes does not reach the stratosphere. In contrast, ODS are very stable and do not dissolve in rain. Thus, there are no natural processes that remove the ODS from the lower atmosphere.

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The options for old R22 Air Conditioners owners :

  • Do nothing until your system breaks down.
  • Retrofit or convert your old R22 equipment to use an existing refrigerant.
  • Replace your system proactively.

ODS Importer Recordkeeping and Reporting
Importers of ODS into the United States must comply with record keeping and reporting requirements:

While making the transition to an ozone friendly AC refrigerant may be stressful, it’s helping to save the ozone layer in the Earth’s atmosphere, which helps block radiation from the sun and prevent skin cancer.

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