What is R22 Phase-Out

From 1st January 2010 R-22 refrigerant gas has been banned for use in the manufacture of new air conditioning and heat pump systems. The use of R-22 refrigerant has been phased out and is no longer available for the service and maintenance of existing equipment since January 2010. Also, from December 31st 2014 the use of R-22 refrigerant, including reclaimed and recycled R-22 will be completely banned.

Who is affected by the Phase-out?
R22 is widely used across many different business types:
• Commercial and domestic air conditioning systems
• Cooling process within the manufacturing sector
• Commercial refrigeration.

Other business types that can be affected:
• Shops within the retail sector
• Hospitals and health care
• Office buildings
• Communication room and Data Centers
• Education
• Health and fitness
• Hair and beauty saloons

How will I be affected?
One of the main risks is a disturbance to your business, down time and a loss of revenue. Continuing the use of an R-22 system up until the deadline will put you at a risk of greater expense as the cost of R-22 soars and the availability diminishes.

Facing a shortage or unavailability of R-22 refrigerant gas your business can and will be left without a heating or cooling system.

What is the next step to take?
Most businesses will have 2 options to choose from but these options are limited to the condition of the equipment. Generally a site survey is necessary and an accurate evaluation of the equipment can made.

The options are:
• Retro fitting of old:
• Most efficient and cost-effective option
• Continue to use existing services providing the condition permits to do so
• Flush pipework, re-test and triple evacuate
• Install new energy efficient equipment using R-410A ozone friendly refrigerant gas.

Upgrade and replace all services and equipment
• All existing equipment decommissioned and removed
• All services such as refrigerant pipework, drainage to be removed.
• Replace with new energy efficient equipment using R-410A ozone friendly refrigerant gas.
• Can be the most expensive and downtime increases.

Bare in mind that newer systems are also up to 70% cheaper to run than R22 systems so not only are you operating your AC with a clean refrigerant gas, it is done so at a fraction of the cost.

In a recent survey, 65% of people who Retro-Fitted there company’s AC systems in 2007 we able to cover the cost of the upgrade within 2 years because of the steep reduction in energy bills.

Call Comfort Air Conditioning today for a free evaluation on your AC equipment.

A flawless finish is achieved so the equipment integrates perfectly with its surroundings

Only the latest and most economic equipment is used for any of our installations.


Comfort Air Conditioning Services Ltd

Tel: 087-6671401

Email: mick@comfortair.ie

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