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HVAC users should act now before the R-22 refrigerant ban takes effect

From 1 January 2015, the use of new and recycled R-22 refrigerant is banned in the UK. R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) which, when released into the atmosphere and is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, decomposes and releases chlorine. Because of its status as a harmful greenhouse gas, the use of R-22 when servicing or repairing air-conditioning equipment in the UK will be banned from 1 January 2015.

Many businesses are still dependent on reclaimed R-22 as it’s permissible to use it until the New Year’s Day deadline, but with only six weeks to go, now’s time to make the change to an alternative.

Start by examining every piece of HVAC equipment in your business, as different components won’t all require the same R-22 replacement. There’s a huge range of alternatives to R-22 on the market, so speak to your supplier who’ll be able to advise you.

Changes to the F-Gas regulations will see the HVAC industry focus on refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP). For example, the servicing of large systems with refrigerants of over 2,500 GWP will be banned from 2020. So things are going to get quite complicated for HVAC users next year, which is why an experienced supplier will be a valuable ally.

The upcoming changes are expected to result in a great number of new refrigerants entering the market, making it harder for users to select the right one for their application. If you’re looking for advice regarding the upcoming R-22 ban, Gibbons HVAC Services team have the expertise and contacts to ensure we’re abreast of all the latest legislation. For more information, give HVAC Services Manager Andrew Knight a call on 07850 204915 or email

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