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The Banning of R22 – Guidelines

The Banning of R22 – Guidelines


From 2015, it will be illegal to use Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), including the ozone-depleting refrigerant gas R22, in refrigeration, heat pump and air conditioning systems.  R22 is commonly used in AC systems pre-dating 2004.

Since 2010 only recycled R22 obtained from decommissioned AC equipment or reclaimed R22 could be used. Such recycled or reclaimed R22 is becoming increasingly scarce and expensive.

Current Legislation

This has now changed since 1st January 2015. From now on AC systems will not be able to be topped up with any R22, whether it’s virgin, recycled or reclaimed.

There will be two options for these AC systems – either they are replaced by new AC equipment or alternative modern refrigerant is used to top them up. This will normally involve having to replace parts of the current AC system.

You can still use your old equipment but your air conditioning engineer can’t do any work that involves breaking into the refrigerant circuits.

Check for Leaks

It is important that you use qualified technicians to check for leaks, recover refrigerant or maintain and service equipment that contains HCFCs. All engineers employed by Austin Broady Air Conditioning have the relevant qualifications to carry out these works.

If you continue to use air conditioning equipment containing HCFCs you MUST take measures to prevent leaks by regularly maintaining your equipment.

Our engineers will check your air conditioning equipment for leaks:

  • every 12 months if it’s charged with 3kg or more HCFCs and isn’t hermetically sealed
  • every 12 months if it’s charged with 6kg or more HCFCs and is hermetically sealed
  • every 6 months if it’s charged with 30kg or more HCFCs
  • every 3 months if it’s charged with 300kg or more HCFCs.

All leaks must be repaired within 14 days and the equipment must be checked again within 1 month to check that the repair has been effective.

For further information or if you would like us to check your air conditioning equipment contact us today on :

Tel: 01270 761433



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Mark Broady

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