Within any air conditioning system, there is a quantity of refrigerant that runs through the pipework, R22 refrigerant has been used for many years but contributes to the depletion of the ozone and the government has put restrictions in place to phase out its use as more efficient and less damaging refrigerants have been introduced.
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Here are some of the key dates you need to know.
|1st January 2004||Production and supply of new air conditioning systems operating on R22 was banned in 2004.|
|31st December 2009||Legislation bans the supply of new R22 refrigerant used to service equipment from 31st December 2009.|
|31st December 2014||Only reclaimed or recycled R22 refrigerant may be used from January 2010 intil 31st December 2014.|
|1st December 2014||Systems operating on R22 refrigerant will be classed as "not serviceable" from December 2014.|
|31st December 2014||A complete ban of R22 refrigerant, including reclaimed or recycled wil be effective on 31st December 2014.|
|1st January 2013||When a commodity is in low demand the costs are guaranteed to increase, the cost of R22 refrigerant is expected to quadruple in price year on year and analysts are predicting we will run out of recycled R22 refrigerant by 2013.|