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R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and was commonly used in air conditioning, process chiller and industrial refrigeration plan applications. It will soon be phased out due to ozone depletion potential and status as a potent greenhouse gas. These changes in legislation will affect any company that has a plant containing R22 refrigeration.
Production of R22 air conditioning equipment has already ceased so no new equipment will contain R22 refrigerant. R22 refrigerant is still being produced, but production will cease on 1st January 2010.
Reliable leak free R22 equipment need not necessarily be replaced immediately as even when new R22 refrigerant is no longer available, reprocessed R22 can be used until 2015.
After 31st December 2009 it will be illegal to use virgin HCFCs for the maintenance and servicing of refrigeration and air conditioning
Any business operating air conditioning systems that use R22 will therefore be affected
It should be noted that the bans described above refer to the “use” of HCFCs. This specifically means use for servicing and maintenance. It will remain legal to continue using RAC equipment containing HCFCs beyond the phase out dates providing they do not require maintenance that involves putting any HCFCs back into a system.
Given that most refrigeration systems leak to a certain degree, all current users of HCFC systems must develop a plan to manage their operations without virgin gas after December 2009. Doing nothing is not a sustainable option. Given the serious implications and potential costs, businesses should follow a strategic approach.
Whilst the phasing out of R22 is likely to force end-
For many types of RAC system, which are in good order, it will be possible to recommend
a Convert Solution. This covers a range of actions, from a relatively simple “retrofill”
operation (using one of the “service” or “drop-
There are a number of “drop-
Whilst a conversion is often a practical option it must be noted that a converted plant may have less cooling capacity and / or be less efficient than the original system. Also, the conversion must be carried out by expert contractors to ensure that refrigerant leakage does not get worse after the conversion.
Should you require any further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.