Time to Replace – R22 – Time is Running Out
Most older air conditioning units contain gases that are no longer permitted due to European Regulations. From 1st January 2010, it is illegal to use Virgin R22 gas in air conditioning units and from 1st January 2015 the use of recycled or reclaimed HCFCs will be prohibited so these units will then have to be replaced.
Three good reasons to replace old R22 air conditioning systems
The advantages of state of the art technology – In recent years, technology has advanced significantly with regard to energy efficiency. Compared to outdated R22 systems, modern systems cool and heat more effectively and more quietly while consuming considerably less energy.
Major need for refurbishment – Thousands of old R22 systems will need to be replaced in the near future. Expired warranties, high operating and maintenance costs, unsatisfactory comfort conditions and decreasing reliability all call for prompt refurbishment and investment in new air conditioning systems. These can be replaced on a phased and planned basis to meet budgetary requirements.
Use of R22 banned under law – Recycled R22 can only be used in refrigerant circuits for servicing and maintenance purposes. From 2015, R22 systems may no longer be filled with R22.
DOes this EFFECT you?
In short, probably YES as :
R22 is used by many companies, across all business segments.
- Commercial refrigeration
- Industrial & Manufacturing process cooling
- Commercial & Residential AC
Additional business segments will be effected, including :
- Food manufacturers & distributors
- Industry & Manufacturing
- Office facilities
- Comms Rooms/Data Centres
- Hospitality & Leisure
We advise all of their customers to make an R22 phaseout plan and advise new customers to do the same. As we are independent, we provide impartial advice and assistance for choosing the best solutions to meet your needs.
Your THREE options are:
- Most efficient and cost-effective solution
- Only requires changing of elastomeric seals
- Exisiting oil kept or in some cases replaced
- Minimal impact to operational continuity
- Adaptation of system to work with HFC-blends, legally permitted
- Major parts of system can remain in some cases
- System must be flushed entirely, often with a special fluid and then refilled with an approved synthetic oil and new refrigerant
- Replace or upgrade equipment to work with refrigerants, such as ammonia, CO2, hydrocarbons and/or HFC gases