Industries are constantly evolving to become more competitive, to deliver a better product or service, and to align themselves with more eco-friendly and efficient initiatives – and the commercial air conditioning in NJ industry is no different. Part of this includes the phase-out of R-22 – here is a guide from our commercial HVAC contractors.

Why is R-22 Being Phased Out?

The Montreal Protocol and Clean Air Act of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cutting the production of R-22 (a hydrofluorocarbon linked to the depletion of the ozone layer) in favor of the introduction of more environmentally-friendly coolants.

Since 2015, there’s been less and less R-22 produced and production will be cut to 9 million pounds this year and only 4 million pounds in 2019. In 2020, production will stop completely, and no imports will be made into the USA.

Due to this reduction in supply, recharging R-22 air conditioning systems has increased significantly. Even with some companies stockpiling the refrigerant, the fact is that availability and price is an issue – so what should businesses do?

Solutions for Businesses with R-22 Commercial Air Conditioning Systems

These are the current options available to owners of R-22 air conditioning systems.

  • Wait for your systems to break down: While this is an affordable solution in the short-term, it does have its drawbacks. When 202 arrives and everyone starts running out of R-22, there is going to be a surge in demand for new air conditioning systems. This could leave you sitting with a broken-down system while contractors are booked up to install new systems for multiple clients.
  • Retrofit your system or use a new refrigerant: This is a more affordable course of action, but your current system will need professional evaluation well in advance to ensure that the retrofit is a workable option or to see if the system can be adapted for a different refrigerant, as this isn’t an option that can work for all systems.
  • Replace your air conditioning system now: This is the most proactive response and also the most expensive – but only in the short term. With the right commercial air conditioning system, buildings can lower their energy costs – and that’s without considering the expense of sticking with the rising cost of R-22 either. In addition, the State of New Jersey also has several rebate programs in place to reward and assist commercial and industrial buildings taking this path.

Get Your Commercial Air Conditioning System Evaluated Today in NJ

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