R22 Refrigerant Phaseout

From 31st DECEMBER 2009 the use of virgin R22 in refrigeration systems was BANNED! This is part of the Ozone Depleting

  • Substance regulations and will also affect all blends containing R22 – R401A, R402A, R408A, R409A, R412A and R509.
  • No virgin R22 can now be manufactured.
  • No virgin R22 can still be used even if it was purchased before the ban.
  • Stockpiling is ILLEGAL!!
  • Recycled or Reclaimed R22 can be used until December 2014
  • Many systems are still running on R22 – Time is running out and action is required now!
  • Very risky, relies on availability of recycled R22 – Which is increasing in price month on month.
  • Expensive but potential future savings.
  • May benefit from the government’s Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme see www.eca.gov.uk
  • Will depend on system age and condition.
  • Less expensive.
  • Some systems not suitable.
  • Performance may be lost
  • Basically a HFC with a small amount hydrocarbon added to aid oil return.
  • R417A (RX59) for A/C applications.
  • R422A (RX79) and R422D (RX29) for medium and low temperature applications.
  • Reasonably close match to R22 performance.
  • Some UK supermarkets have started replacing R22 with R422D already – some issues have arisen.
  • These are HFC refrigerants but require an oil change.
  • Oil flush required.
  • Main candidates are low/medium temperature systems.
  • R407A – Good match to R22 and no valve change required
  • R404A – Requires valve change and has a high GWP.
  • R427A – Less capacity at low temperatures but similar to R407A.
  • Free site surveys giving impartial advice and assistance in choosing the correct option for your R22 plant.
  • Ensuring good containment of existing R22 systems, through our maintenance programme and ensuring adequate supply of Recycled R22.
  • Competitive quotations for changing refrigerant and retro-fitting of existing R22 systems.
  • Competitive quotations for renewal of R22 equipment.
  • Recovery and disposal of R22 in line with current F Gas laws.
For more information on any of the above or to arrange a free site survey then please call 01928 568800 or email.