R22 phase out begins – News for building managers

09 September 2016

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Do you have an older air conditioning unit or refrigeration system installed in your home or business? If so, you need to think about how you can prepare for an expected price rise which could affect your units.

This year sees the dramatic decrease by the Australian government on the allowable amount of importation of R22, a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) gas commonly used in air conditioning and refrigeration units which were installed throughout the 1990s. Limited amounts of the gas will still be available in Australia, but the Advanced Air team is forecasting the price to rise dramatically as the supply reduces.

Why is this happening? The Australian government started phasing out R22 10 years ago, after signing the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Signed by 197 countries in the United Nations, the protocol includes the legal-binding obligation to reduce the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. The aim of the crackdown is to eventually cease all imports of HCFC by 2029.

Who will this affect? In short, the limited supply of R22 could affect anyone who has residential heat pump units, air conditioning systems and refrigeration systems installed in the 1990s. If you’re in doubt, give us a call and we can check whether your systems use R22, and if so, give you guidance on how to prepare for the phase-out.

Uses for R22 include: Window air-conditioning units, packaged air conditioners and heat pumps, dehumidifiers, chillers, central air conditioners, retail food refrigeration, air-to-air heat pumps, cold storage warehouses, ground-source heat pumps, industrial process refrigeration, ductless air conditioners, transport refrigeration, chest or upright freezers

How will it affect you? If your system is working well, there is no need to change to an alternative system. However, it is important to prepare for the consequences of an R22 shortage over the next few months and years. One way of keeping on top of the rising costs is making sure you regularly service your air conditioning units or refrigeration systems. Our expert servicing team will maintain your unit and ensure there are no leaks, saving you money on replacement gas.

Forward planning is essential for owners of commercial systems. The Advanced Air team of highly-qualified technicians can retrofit your old commercial system. With the cost of R22 rising, we highly recommend starting this process as soon as possible.

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