R22 - Phase Out & New refrigerants

One of the main refrigerants used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems, R22, is being phased out under European-wide regulations. We can advise on the options to safeguard your business.

Building owners and operators with air conditioning running on R22 need to act now to secure the continuity of their operations.

What to do?

Companies who have air conditioning and refrigeration equipment that depends on R22 have two main options:

Replace with new

This is the most radical option, as it entails replacing what might be a perfectly good plant – possibly with several more years working life left - with a new system. However, bear in mind that the cost of recycled R22 is likely to rise dramatically and there is unlikely to be sufficient supplies to go round.

In addition, some of the capital cost should be offset by significantly reduced energy consumption with a new and efficient system, such as Turbomiser.

Retrofitting

This entails removing the R22 from plant, and replacing it with an alternative refrigerant not subject to legislative controls. There are a number of alternative refrigerant blends on the market, designed to mirror the characteristics of R22. However, they can be very expensive.

Managed approach

The right option for any given situation depends on a number of factors. These include:

The remaining life expectancy of existing R22 plant;

  • Possible efficiency gains (or losses) as a result of replacing or retrofitting;
  • The comparative cost of retrofitting;
  • The availability and cost of recycled R22 for top-up, under a managed approach.
  • For help and advice we can advise on the best option for managing R22 plant. Click here for a no-obligation consultation.