New R22 legislation is now in effect. From the 1st of January 2015 it became illegal to use R22 to service Air Conditioning and refrigeration equipment. This is the latest part of the long phase out of R22 systems.
This legislation has been introduced for all EU member states to meet their obligations under the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement drawn up to stop the damage to the ozone layer. The most harmful CFC gasses (such as R12) were previously banned and R22 has now been banned. Some older air conditioning equipment may still use R22 which means it will be illegal to service this equipment or carry out most repairs.
This legislation means that although it is not illegal to operate refrigeration and air conditioning equipment using R22, you should have the system upgraded. If the system breaks down, an air conditioning engineer will not be able to repair it. This can mean large costs due to loss of stock or business if your equipment breaks down and no one can legally fix it.
Our accredited F-gas engineers can conduct a full survey of older refrigeration and air conditioning systems to determine if R22 is present and help you to develop an R22 phase out strategy. This would involve identifying which are the most business critical systems which need to be upgraded and prioritising those. We will provide a full quotation for the upgrade of systems and work with you to minimise downtime to avoid loss of income.
As R22 systems are usually older, an upgrade will mean more efficient equipment leading to lower running costs for your business and stay on the right side of the legislation. We have engineers working in Glasgow and Edinburgh who can conduct a survey at your business.