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F-GAS REGULATIONS – R22 PHASE OUT


THE FACTS

You do not need to change your R22 refrigerant based air conditioners or chillers immediately, however, this gas has not been used in most new systems since 2000 and none have been made using this gas since 2004.  

On 01 Jan 2010 it became illegal to use virgin hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) such as R-22 (the most commonly used refrigerant) when servicing and maintaining air conditioning equipment.
A complete ban will be in place by 1st January 2015 on the use of all HCFC's including reclaimed / recycled product. Until the 31 December 2014 temporary use of recycled R-22 is allowed but its cost is rising considerably due to its now limited availability.
The regulations require that all fixed equipment systems with a refrigerant charge greater than 3kg will require an annual check for leakage.  This generally applies to systems of 6kW capacity or greater.
Work on air conditioning systems must be undertaken by qualified personnel and where refrigerant needs to be removed, they will be required to properly recover any HCFC refrigerant removed from a system and dispose of in accordance with environmental legislation.  We are members of REFCOM & all our engineers are fully qualified to undertake this work.

The options available:


1     Replace the Equipment with New.
Most R-22 systems are now at least seven years old and replacement through phase out is often the most cost effective solution.  New systems using the latest inverter technologies offer significantly greater cooling capacity (up to 15%) for the same power consumption and to use far less energy (savings of 50% are not uncommon), due to the capacity being better matched to the demand.  The payback period and the opportunity to make significant CO2 reductions can add up to a big incentive to invest.  We can provide projected running costs and savings.  The Government’s Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme which could allow accelerated tax relief on new equipment listed on the Energy Technology List.  Call for details, or visit www.eca.gov.uk/etl

2    Adapt the Equipment to Use Alternative Refrigerant
Depending on the age and condition of the air conditioning equipment, it is possible to adapt systems to use legally permitted HFC's or an HFC blend refrigerant gas (drop in replacements). System efficiency and reliability needs to be considered and is usually only qualified engineers can undertake this work.

3    Continue using recycled refrigerant
Until 31 December 2014 it is possible to continue as at present, using recycled R-22 refrigerant. However it is likely to become more scarce and ever more expensive.

How can ENSOL help.
Simply call us now and we will carry out a FREE audit of your existing air conditioning equipment to determine whether you are affected and advise on the best options available.  We will help you to develop a cost effective strategy to ensure compliance with the new legislation.

TO DISCUSS THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU OR FOR A FREE R-22 AUDIT CALL ENSOL NOW ON 0800 0924408 or click here to contact us.


Further information published by the UK government can be found by clicking these links:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/air/fgas/documents/fgassupport-rac8.pdf
http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file29101.pdf

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The information contained on this website is brief and for general guidance only. It must not be relied upon as being a definitive interpretation of legislation or a statement of law and it is not a substitute for legal advice. ENSOL Ltd accept no liability for any loss resulting from reliance on this document and disclaim any responsibility howsoever arising from any inaccuracies, errors or omissions which may be present.