Ban on R22 Refrigerant only weeks away!

Original Press Release Date: August 2014

Ban on R22 Refrigerant only weeks away!

 “The fact is that despite a fast approaching Europe-wide ban, reports suggest that a significant amount of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment remains operating with the refrigerant HCFC R22; this is a reminder to readers that such equipment is almost at the of its serviceable life – by law!” says Mike Nankivell, marketing director of the Daikin distributor - Space Airconditioning plc.


The Background

Virtually all refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment relies on a circuit containing a quantity of refrigerant gas. Popular since the 1940’s, the refrigerant gas known as HCFC R22 has been used in literally millions of applications throughout the World. It is safe and effective, however, in the 1990’s, it became classified as an ozone depleting substance (if leaked) and was made the subject of a phase-out programme, originally under the European Community (EC) Regulation No. 2037/2006 and recast to EC 1005/2009.

The manufacture of products designed to contain HCFC R22 was banned in Europe over a period between 1999 and 2004, therefore, in most cases, these have already reached the end of their normal life expectancy and are considered obsolete. Spare parts are becoming scarce and maintenance more costly, but critically, the use of HCFC R22 for any servicing and maintenance purposes is banned from 1st January 2015 – just a few weeks away! In essence this means that if such equipment needs servicing or suffers a breakdown, users will face problems.


R22 – the legal position

Recycled HCFC R22 can legally be sold and used until December 2014, after which the use of R22 throughout Europe is banned!

As many service and maintenance procedures necessitate the removal and/or replacement of the refrigerant, from the end of this year, it may prove impossible to carry out cost effective repairs because once removed from the equipment R22 refrigerant cannot legally be put back in. As a result, owner/operators really must consider replacing any air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration equipment that contains HCFC R22.

Note: Working equipment that contains R22 can still be legally operated beyond the end of this year; the ban affects the purchase and/or use of any HCFC R22 for service and maintenance purposes from 1st January 2015.

“We are not scare-mongering.” Mike Nankivell asserts. “We have been offering advice on this subject for many years. We understand that in the recent recession, end-users might have been putting off the expense of replacing older R22 based refrigeration or air conditioning equipment. The fact is that if the efficient operation of such equipment is an important factor in your business then delaying its replacement is no longer a viable option.” 

Mr Nankivell warned. “For anyone considering just replacing the R22 refrigerant with substances offered as potential alternatives, it should be noted that these can adversely impact performance and reliability and so are not recommended by equipment manufacturers.”


Free advisory service

Now in its 35th year, Space Airconditioning plc, the Guildford based distributor of Daikin chillers, AHUs, packaged air conditioning and heat pump equipment, offers the services of a dedicated R22 replacement advisory team. The team can assist with the planning process, replacement strategy and even finance packages for replacing existing systems operating with HCFC R22 refrigerant and offer advice on all environmentally acceptable, energy efficient alternatives available from Daikin’s extensive and world leading range.

For more information or assistance contact the Space Air R22 Replacement team at call them on 01483 504883.

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