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R22 Phaseout - how will it effect you?

With the Governments' ongoing efforts regarding environmental issues, installers and end-users are faced with changing legislations. Equipment containing the commonly used ozone-depleting R22 refrigerant became illegal to use from 2009 for maintenance and servicing of air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

R22 is an HCFC refrigerant and as such is covered by the EC Ozone Regulation No. 2037/2000. Only recycled or reclaimed R22 gas can be used for maintenance or repair and availability is declining rapidly with the high demand. A complete ban on the use of all HCFCs including reclaimed or recycled refrigerant will be in force by 31st December 2014.

R22 is widely used and any business operating air conditioning systems using R22 will be affected by this ban and must comply with the regulation.

Click here for further information on the R22 phase out and how it will effect your company or organisation.

Whilst the majority of end-users are aware of the phasing out of R22 refrigerant and the relevant legislation, there is a lot of confusion circulating within the industry and many do not fully understand the potential impact that this legislation can have on them and their business.

All end-users with R22 air conditioning systems will be affected and should be aware of the potential impacts as well as what alternatives are available to them.

System Replacement - With the ban in force since 2009 this has already had an impact on the availability and cost of reclaimed R22. It is anticipated that as stocks deplete further the price will continue to rise forcing end-users to pay significantly inflated costs to maintain existing equipment on site. Whilst the phasing out of R22 is likely to force end-users to take action, itís important to note that radical advances in technology over recent years have already made the argument for replacing older systems a truly cost effective choice. Increased efficiency in new systems and highly advanced levels of control quickly pay for themselves in terms of efficiency, energy savings and performance.

With the looming ban on the use of HCFC gases means that end-users may need to consider replacing their air conditioning systems in order to continue having their systems serviced and maintained. With the cost and availability of recycled or reclaimed R22 being difficult to predict over the next year, it could prove more economical to replace.

Use direct replacement refrigerants - Whilst there are a number of direct replacement or Ďdrop-iní refrigerants available, they only offer a partial solution to the problem and can severely compromise system performance. End-users should be aware that drop-ins merely serve to defer the problem as oppose to solving it.

HCFC refrigerants have been proven to have ozone depletion potential and legislation has been put in place to ensure the use of all HCFCs is phased out by 2015.

To comply with the new F-Gas regulation end-users of air conditioning systems with more than 3kg of refrigerant must have annual leak checks carried out by a qualified engineer, and all data recorded and documented.

We believe that an ill-informed approach to the ban could prove expensive and, at worst, leave you without your air conditioning operating. By presenting the facts, highlighting the potential impact and providing cost effective solutions, we hope will enable you to make an informed decision on which course of action best suits your individual needs and business.

We also offer a service of safely disposing of your old systems from site via an independent environmental waste company that we regularly use.

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