R22 replacement

From 2015, it will be illegal to use Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), including the ozone-depleting refrigerant gas R22, in refrigeration, heat pump and air conditioning (AC) systems. R22 is commonly used in AC systems pre-dating 2004 and so its ban will have a major effect on air-conditioning costs. Impact are able to carry our a free onsite survey offering, best case advise and no obligation quotations.

A European Regulation (known as the ‘ODS Regulation’) imposed a ban in all EU Member States against the use of new (or ‘virgin’) R22 to maintain existing AC equipment. Since then only recycled R22 obtained from decommissioned AC equipment or reclaimed R22 can be used. Such recycled or reclaimed R22 is becoming increasingly scarce and expensive.

This will change in 2015. From then AC systems will not be able to be topped up with any R22, whether that be virgin, recycled or reclaimed.

There will be two options for such AC systems:

  • Option 1: they are replaced by new AC equipment
  • Option 2: alternative modern refrigerant is used to top them up. This will normally involve having to replace parts of the current AC system.

Things to consider when choosing which is the better of these two options include:

  • the age of the current AC system
  • the efficiency of the system
  • leakage problems
  • whether alternative refrigerants are compatible
  • cost
  • efficiency and availability of modern refrigerants
  • and equipment manufacturer’s advice about using modern refrigerants.


Impact are able to review your current circumstances and develop a tailor made system best suited to your needs and budget, please give us a call on 0845 838 1157 to discuss.