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R22 Air Conditioning Legislation FAQs

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by AC Direct

Starting in the year 1995, legislation came into force concerning R22 refrigeration. This has been rolled out over the past few years and is now in the final stages. This may affect you and your air conditioning units, and many people have been asking specific questions regarding the refrigerant and what action they need to take. We have therefore compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you with your concerns.

What Changes Are Being Made?

Due to studies carried out on the effects on the ozone layer due to R22, it was found that the gas causes significant damage and consequently increases the UV levels within the atmosphere. Therefore, action needed to be taken to decrease the levels of damage caused by the gas. R22 has so far been banned in equipment produced after 31st December 2003 for use in a variety of products.

When Are the Changes Happening By?

On 1st January 2015 the final stage of the legislation is due to come into force. This will prohibit the use of recycled HCFC’s which include R22 within the servicing and maintenance of any refrigeration or air conditioning products.

Am I Likely To Be Affected?

If you have not already had changes to your system completed then you may be affected and may have to call in the professionals as soon as possible. If you are located within the European Union and have air conditioning units that were installed before 2002 then it is advised that you get in touch. If you are concerned then feel free to give us a call and we can help to determine whether action needs to be taken.

How do I Get it Changed?

Here at AC Direct, our staff are professional and experienced with a whole variety of tasks regarding your air con. Therefore, we can help you to bring your system up to current standards and even install new units if necessary.

If you have any other questions or would like us to take a look at your air conditioning system to make sure it complies with regulation, call us on 020 8989 8989.

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