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R22 update - March 2015     (30/03/2015)

If you have an old air conditioning system or a refrigeration system pre-dating 2004, you need to be aware that as from 1 January 2015, it will be illegal to use any Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) including refrigerant gas R22. Although R22 (Freon) hasn’t been legal in new equipment since 2004, if your system was installed before that time, it’s likely to contain the banned refrigerant, so you’ll need to factor the cost of R22 replacement or adaptation into your business costs in the next year.


In 2010, a European Regulation called the ‘ODS Regulation’ banned all use of new R22. If you’re in possession of AC or refrigeration units that still operate on R22, you won’t be able to top them up from 2015. Instead, you’ll either have to replace your old units with new, compliant equipment, or use a modern refrigerant to top them up, which will mean having parts of the existing units replaced.


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