From 1 January 2015 sales or use of recycled/recovered R-22 Where prohibited.
In Jan 2010 it became illegal to use virgin hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) such as R-22 when servicing and maintaining air conditioning equipment.
This is an issue for many as R-22 was the most commonly used refrigerant until about 2002. Until the 31 December 2014 temporary use of recycled/recovered R-22 was possible, however from the 1st January 2015 IT IS NOW NOT POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN AN R22 SYSTEM.
The only option you have now is to replace your existing R22 system with the lastest alternative system.
Many R-22 units are now reasonably old and replacement through phase out is often the best way forward. The good news is that new systems using the latest inverter technologies are likely to have a significantly greater heating/cooling capability and use far less electricity (on average approx. 50%). The payback period and the opportunity to make significant CO2 reductions can add up to a big incentive to invest.
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