The refrigerant gas ban and what you need to do
R22 is a powerful greenhouse gas, which was commonly used as a refrigerant in systems manufactured before the early 2000’s. It has a detrimental effect on the ozone layer.
On 1st January 2015 it became illegal to use R22 refrigerant gas to service, maintain or repair air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. This was part of the Government’s initiative to reduce the use of ozone depleting substances and greenhouse gases, both residentially and commercially.
It means that if your system runs on R22 gas, it becomes effectively unserviceable and irreparable once it breaks down.
Many businesses still use older R22 air conditioning systems, especially offices, the food and drink industry, health and retail sectors. If your system is running on R22 gas, your biggest headache is that air conditioning is critical to operations and productivity, but replacement is costly.
If your air conditioning system runs on R22 refrigerant, there is no need to panic. If the system is working well and there are no suspected leaks, then you can continue to use it as normal. This means that you have no immediate costs and no immediate disruption.
However, there are risks associated with this. Old systems are at risk of component failure and breakdown. This is especially true if they are used regularly through-out the year or are not serviced regularly.
It can be un-economical to repair your R22 system. Some components, such as the main power circuit board (PCB) can be costly to replace. The age of the system makes replacement parts difficult to source and expensive to buy.
If there is a suspected leak or if the compressor fails, an R22 system cannot legally be repaired. These problems require the system to be de-gassed. R22 is no longer able to be purchased, so the system cannot be repaired.
Whilst it may feel like you are avoiding disruption and reducing costs by not having your R22 system replaced, you could be making matters worse. All R22 systems will need replacing eventually. A new system gives peace of mind, a long-term solution for efficient performance and can be maintained for years to come.
Can you cover the associated downtime your business will face should the cooling/heating system unexpectedly break down and need replacing? Can you afford to continue paying those high energy bills?
Replacing your old R22 system with an advanced system such as The Ingenious Air® Small Duct System creates your perfect indoor climate.
Due to its clever design, The Ingenious Air® System can be installed area by area. This keeps disruption to a minimum and allows your business to continue as usual.
A planned installation causes far less downtime and disruption than urgently trying to rectify an unexpected breakdown. You can choose the best system for your business, rather than make a rushed decision which may not deliver. You can research costs, lease finance options and any grants available so you get the best deal for your business.
The Ingenious Air® System uses multiple, sustainable, leading edge technologies and carries a low carbon footprint. This can save you up to 40% on energy bills, compared with your old R22 system. This helps reduce operating costs and can also reduce the initial cost of installation. Installing the system with an energy efficient heat pump, may mean that you qualify for low carbon funding and grants.