R22 Phase Out in Air Conditioning

Since 1st January 2015, it has been illegal to use R22 refrigerant to maintain or repair air conditioning systems in the UK.

If yours was installed before 2004, you should be planning to replace it as soon as possible.

You don’t need to strip out all your pipework and wiring but you do need to upgrade your units and ensure your system is free from R22 refrigerant.

The good news is that modern air conditioning systems perform better and are up to 50% more efficient than older models. R22 replacement solutions have competitive payback periods, which can be as short as 2-3 years.

There are several different approaches you can take but make sure you act quickly. If your air conditioning runs into a major problem, there will be no way to get it up and running again.

If you have an enquiry or want to find out how the R22 Phase Out affects you, get in touch on 0141 773 3355.

How the R22 Phase Out Can Benefit You

The R22 Phase Out may not have come at an ideal time but it’s still a great opportunity to upgrade your air conditioning.

New systems consume up to 50% less energy and produce higher outputs than R22 equipment. Your return on investment is fast, in some cases just 2-3 years, and you’ll get an immediate performance boost.

These benefits and cost savings will also continue throughout your system’s lifetime.

By replacing your R22 equipment, you will also gain greater control over your building’s temperature and cut your carbon emissions.

In the UK, your replacement may also be eligible for tax relief under the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme. To find out which systems are eligible, visit the website.

Get an Air Conditioning System That Suits Your Organisation

R22 refrigerant has been banned in new equipment since 2004, which means that all R22 systems are at least 10 years old. It’s likely that your building’s activities will have changed in that time.

Even simple things like increasing your workforce or upgrading your IT equipment can have a real impact on your heating and cooling needs. The R22 Phase Out gives you an opportunity to redevelop your system, making it fit for your current purposes.

Whether you only replace the necessary components or install a brand new system, we can adapt it to give you the units and capacity you require. By reusing your existing infrastructure, we can upgrade your equipment while minimising cost and disruption.

How Should You Respond to the R22 Phase Out?

The R22 Phase Out is a legal requirement, so it’s impossible to do nothing.

If you rely on air conditioning for your day to day operations, it’s critical that you act before it’s too late. Simply waiting until you have no choice but to upgrade your system could have serious consequences for your organisation.

For any air conditioning replacement project, we recommend a planned transition. This allows you to schedule work around your activities, avoid unnecessary downtime and manage the project over a longer period.

Now the R22 Phase Out deadline has passed, it’s especially important that you develop a plan. If your air conditioning breaks down, in most cases it will be impossible to repair.

You’ll need to strip out the affected components and install new ones immediately. The costs will be higher and it could cause serious disruption.

Why You Need to Comply with the R22 Phase Out

Since 1st January 2015, it has been illegal to use R22 refrigerant to repair or maintain air conditioning systems.

If you run into a problem, you will now need to order an emergency replacement, decommission your system or close your site. If you rely on air conditioning for your day to day operations, that could prove very costly.

Aside from the legal risks, R22 systems in the UK are coming to the end of their usable lifetime. Properly maintained air conditioning systems typically operate for around 15 years before they need replacing. If you don’t have regular maintenance, it can be just half that.

As your system gets older, it’s more likely to break down or fail completely. Normally, you could keep it going by spending more on maintenance and repairs, but, now the R22 Phase Out deadline has passed, that won’t be possible.

Air conditioning also gradually loses its efficiency and capacity over time. That means it costs more to produce a lower output than when it was new. When you take into account the fact that modern systems give vastly superior performance and efficiency, it makes perfect sense to replace your old equipment.

What’s the Best Way to Manage the R22 Phase Out?

Now you’re aware of the R22 legislation, there are a number of approaches you can take. There are a number of options available to make sure you comply with the regulations:

  • Replacing your entire system
  • Replacing outdoor and indoor units only
  • Using a ‘drop-in’ refrigerant

If you have an enquiry about phasing out or replacing your R22 system, call us on 0141 773 3355.