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R-22 refrigerant now banned in the UK

On 1 January 2015, an EU-wide ban on R-22 refrigerant came into effect, which means it’s now illegal to use the gas when servicing or repairing air-conditioning equipment.

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 has been phased out over the last decade, and since 2010 it has been permissible to use only reclaimed R-22 in air-conditioning systems.

The new legislation means HVAC equipment already containing R-22 may continue to be used as before, but, crucially, R-22 can no longer be topped up or replaced during maintenance or servicing.

Therefore, if your air-conditioning system uses R-22 and develops a leak then you’ll be faced with having to urgently replace the equipment. Don’t let this happen to you – consider upgrading to a modern, efficient system from Gibbons HVAC Services. Wouldn’t it be typical for your air-conditioning system to fail during the summer and require replacing while you and your staff wilt in the heat?

We have many years’ experience of servicing HVAC systems across a broad range of industries, meaning we can provide a smooth, hassle-free upgrade designed to fit around your schedule and minimise disruption.

Enquire about a having new, energy-efficient air-conditioning system installed by contacting Gibbons’ HVAC Services Manager Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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