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Time To Prepare For The R-22 Deadline

R-22 refrigerant - Masters Heating and cooling

R-22 was first introduced in the 1930s and became a mainstream refrigerant for air conditioning systems in the 1950s. Most systems that are more than a few years old probably use R-22, but not for long. A federally-mandated phase-out plan enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency many years ago will eventually lead to the ban of R-22. Citing R-22’s ozone-damaging properties, the EPA’s ban means that R-22 will cease to be produced after Jan. 1, 2020. If your system is charged with R-22, you need to begin planning of the switchover to systems using more environmentally-friendly refrigerants such as R-410A. While RR-22 consumption has decreased significantly in recent years, one effect of the impending ban that impacts consumers is demand for R-22 still exceeds the dwindling supply. The results are price increases that are likely to escalate as the 2020 deadline approaches.

This is important to remember while keeping an eye on your system to monitor for any possible refrigerant leaks. If your system is not cooling the way it should or you suspect it may have a leak, you need to schedule immediate service. If your system uses R-22 it can still be serviced and charged if necessary until Jan. 1, 2020. Our qualified technicians can help you make a sound decision when it comes to recharging, repairing or replacing your system with a new air conditioner that uses more environmentally-friendly refrigerants such as R410A.

Regular maintenance and tune-ups from Masters Heating & Cooling will also help to detect and prevent leaks. Refrigerant leaks cost you money and may cause damage to our environment. Also, a fully-charged system runs more efficiently, thereby avoiding costly repairs and extending the lifespan of your system.

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