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Do you need to replace an R-22 refrigerant air-conditioning system?

What is R-22?

R-22 (also known as chlorodifluoromethane) is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) or, to put it simply, a refrigerant commonly used in air conditioning and industrial chiller applications.

Because it is a harmful greenhouse gas, R-22 is in the process of being phased out. Manufacture of R-22 air-conditioning equipment ceased in 2003 and seven years later it was made illegal to stockpile virgin R-22.

Since 2010 it has been permissible to use only reclaimed R-22, but from 1 January 2015, it will be illegal to use any form of the substance when servicing or repairing air-conditioning equipment in the UK.

What happens next?

If your air-conditioning equipment uses R-22, now’s the time to look at replacing it for a modern system. That’s because once we enter the New Year we’re likely to see many HVAC users hurrying to replace old R-22 systems as they will be unable to replenish the refrigerant should leaks occur.

If you have an old R-22 air-conditioning system, especially one that’s in poor condition or inefficient, consider replacing it with modern, legally-compliant equipment from a supplier such as Gibbons. Our experience of fitting HVAC systems across a broad range of industries means we can provide a smooth, hassle-free installation designed to fit around your schedule and minimise disruption.

Get your new, energy-efficient air-conditioning system before the R-22 phase-out by contacting Gibbons’ HVAC Services Manager Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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