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R22 Refrigerant Phase Out

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r22It has been illegal to use R22 when servicing industrial refrigeration equipment since 1st January 2015 when it was officially phased out. This is because R22 is a hydro-chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and the phase out covers all R22, including recycled and reclaimed. R22 Refrigerant Phase Out

If you currently have equipment which uses R22 then you can choose one of three options – replace, convert or leave as-is.  To decide on the most appropriate option you’ll need to consider a number of factors, including the type of system you operate, its age, condition and efficiency. R22 Refrigerant Phase Out

If you’re contemplating continuing to use your equipment, it’s important to bear in mind that you can no longer carry out any service or maintenance work which involves breaking into the refrigerant circuit. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) advised companies to cease using strategically important equipment before 2015.  The harsh reality is, that if the equipment is business critical, and the system leaks for any reason, the implications could now prove very expensive.

It is possible to convert equipment using a “drop-in” refrigerant.  Any conversions should be carried out by a suitably qualified engineer, however, it should be noted that cooling capacity and efficiency can be adversely affected.  It’s also not recommended for systems that have already been converted in the past. R22 Refrigerant Phase Out

Replacing equipment is likely to be the best solution for systems that are old and in poor condition.  Typically, equipment using HCFC will be 10-20 years old.  Replacing with equipment that uses a non-ozone depleting refrigerant however may not be as expensive as you might think.  Advances in chiller technology means equipment is generally much more energy efficient nowadays. R22 Refrigerant Phase Out

For a completely free, no obligation site assessment by one of our specialist engineers just call 0116 254 6652.  We will be happy to advise & help you decide the best course of action for your existing equipment. R22 Refrigerant Phase Out

For further advice, follow link to:-

http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/air/fgas/documents/fgassupport-rac8.pdf