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R22 Refrigerant Gas

Following studies which show that R22 refrigerant gas has a damaging effect on the environment, EU legislation has triggered a phasing out of R22 refrigerants.

From 01/01/2015, the use of recycled HCFCs will be prohibited in the main. However, many affected companies have decided to comply with the new regulations before this deadline. There are two main reasons for this:

-The majority of R22 refrigeration units are at least one half of the way through their working life. Costs to repair and maintain are increasing all the time, so most companies are choosing to phase these out instead of persevering with a costly repairs and maintenance.

-Unlike the R22 units, each new installation will use refrigerants such as R410a, R404a and R407c, which have zero ozone-depleting potential. These refrigerants are also more energy efficient, so proving cost-effective for companies to switch sooner rather than later.

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