From January 2015, European legislation comes into force that renders it illegal to refill or repair air conditioning systems that contains HCFC refrigerants, commonly referred to as R22. This is part of the EU’s commitment to the Montreal Protocol to reduce damage to the ozone layer and is a follow up to the banning of CFCs in the 1990s.
This means that anyone with an old air conditioning system cannot have it repaired if it goes wrong unexpectedly. At the Glenfield Group, we provide consultations for people who have old air conditioning systems, and provide sensible, planned solutions for the replacement of the equipment.
Glenfield Group owner Darren Webb said “It is most likely that these old units will give out suddenly during periods of intense heat, potentially causing disruption to business operations and costing thousands. It is best to be informed about the legislation, and to budget for and plan a sensible replacement programme.”
The legislation also renders it illegal to stockpile R22/ HCFCs so you can’t buy it this year and save it for future use. This aging equipment can cause damage to the environment if the R22 leaks, and the energy costs associated with the inefficient old equipment can be prohibitive.
Planning ahead is the best policy. Not sure if your equipment needs replacing? Call the Glenfield Group for a consultation on 0116 231 4117.