01st January 2015
Many businesses are well and truly underway with planning for the R22 phase out at the beginning of 2015. As of the 1st January 2015 it will be illegal to use any HCFCs to service RAC equipment – so recycled or reclaimed HCFC may no longer be used. While there are some eventualities that cannot be planned for, external factors should be taken into consideration such as changes in the law and the consequences of legislation on the day to day operations of a business.
While you might be reading this thinking “I have no idea what refrigerant is!” It’s not to say that you won’t be affected; if your site has air conditioning or a refrigeration process that requires an industrial chiller it’s time you checked its refrigerant. Most equipment has a label or plate on the outside providing the specification of the equipment and CE registration. If this is not present, then each compressor contained within the equipment will have this identification and steps need to be taken to plan. The phase out doesn’t affect the most common refrigeration gases such as R407c, R134a and R410a.
Businesses have three main options for dealing with their existing R22 systems:
Most R22 refrigeration units are coming towards the end of their life expectancy therefore they start to require some modernisation. By replacing your system with a modern unit which uses non ozone depleting refrigerants, you will see not only a lower carbon footprint but also improved efficiency and output. This is why most companies are choosing to phase their R22 systems out and replace them with modern units instead of going through the long expense of repairing and maintaining existing units.
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