RefrigerationApril 21, 2015by ADKWhat should you know about the R22 refrigerant ban?

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Since 1st January 2015, using New or Recycled R22 Refrigerant for maintenance or repairs was banned

R22? It may sound like a Star Wars character, but the similarity ends there – and it isn’t good news for businesses. For over 3 months, it has been illegal to top up any refrigeration or air conditioning equipment with R22. ADK Kooling would like to educate you on the options you have available in order to make the necessary decision in due course.

Whilst it will not be illegal to have equipment running on R22, the only reason to do nothing in 2015 would be if it would not affect your business if it wasn’t working and you could survive without air conditioning or refrigeration. For all other uses where a leak would create loss of production or unbearable working conditions during summer months action is needed now, before it is too late. Those leaving it late run the risk that the best engineers will already be assigned to install equipment for others.

Option 1: Replace the whole system

With equipment at least 10-20 years old and in many cases older, this is a very good case to be made for new equipment where design, technology and energy efficiencies have improved significantly. The facts don’t lie. R22 systems are so much more expensive to run than the latest energy efficient technology from leading technology manufacturers. In some cases a replacement system can cut running costs by as much as 55%. In many cases, the savings mean the upgrade could pay for itself in less than 3 years.

Option 2: Convert the whole system

Although it will not be illegal to have equipment running on R22, the downtime and uncertainty of when a leak could render the equipment inoperable could be extremely costly. Therefore, converting to another refrigerant now would be the sensible option, if the equipment is not to be replaced. The good news is that over the last 15 years, a lot of R22 systems have been converted to alternative refrigerant with great success.

In conclusion:

Now is the time to act and replace / convert it before it becomes a problem. If you need help getting to grips with the implications of R22 then please do get in touch with ADK Kooling for best advice. We can make the process hassle free from design stage through to installation & also provide you wish maintenance thereafter. Call or email our installations team:

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