R22 Be Aware
If you own, lease or manage a commercial property with Air Conditioning or Refrigeration in the UK, then please read on carefully.
EU Regulation 1005/2009 rules that to halt the risk of damage to the ozone layer, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC’s) are to be phased out by 31st December 2014. It is estimated that up to 60% of commercial buildings in the UK still use the HCFC R22 so this could affect you.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
By making it illegal to use R22 as a ‘top-up’ fluid for servicing or maintaining refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) equipment, as of 1 January 2015, the regulation effectively obliges all operators to review, replace or modify essential equipment by the end of 2014 or risk extended down-time to modify or renew equipment from this data onwards.
Operators are also legally required to ensure that any refrigerant removed from the system in the process of any servicing or final disposal is sent for reclamation or destruction immediately.
MY SYSTEM IS FINE SO WHY DO I NEED TO CHANGE IT NOW?
Although it will not be illegal to continue to run any equipment from that day, it is clearly not advisable to leave any essential equipment unchecked until after the 1 January 2015 cut-off, because it won’t then be possible to service it or have it repaired in the event of a breakdown.
However if you determine early whether your system contains R22 it will give you time to make the required changes. In a few instances it is possible to modify the system to enable it to use a legally permitted refrigerant which may offer a viable alternative to replacing it, depending on its type, age, performance and condition.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
First things first – let’s find out if your system uses R22. Adcock will give you a FREE SURVEY* and if you do have R22 then we can go through the options with you.
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For YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO R22 please download the document below. You will see that all of our engineers are qualified to handle both the refrigerant and the changeover.