Be aware of changes in air conditioning legislation

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– Be aware of changes in air conditioning legislation. Air conditioning

Legislation on air conditioning gases changed at the beginning of the year. It is no longer legal, under the Montreal Protocol, to use reclaimed R22 refrigerant due to its ozone depleting properties (ODP).

The new regulations have been introduced to improve energy efficiency and reduce damage to the environment from leaking global warming and ozone-depleting gases. Being unaware of the law is no excuse and penalties are imposed for non-compliance.

Top five refrigerant leakage checks.

Owners/operators of air conditioning systems must:

1) Prevent leakage of refrigerant and repair any leaks as soon as possible.

2) Arrange proper refrigerant recovery by certified personnel during servicing and disposal.

3) Carry out leak checks. The frequency depends on the amount of refrigerant in the system and whether there have been any previous leaks.

4) Ensure that only certified competent personnel carry out leakage checks.

5) Maintain records of refrigerant usage and of servicing.

It is the operator’s responsibility to ensure that the relevant servicing personnel have obtained the necessary certification which shows they understand the regulations and are competent.

Production of R22 air conditioning equipment ceased in 2003 and the use of virgin R22 was banned from 2010.

New refrigerants and equipment have been developed and the most popular systems operate on refrigerant R410A which has a zero ozone depleting potential and is more energy efficient than the R22 refrigerant equipment.

New systems operating on this refrigerant are up to 30 per cent more efficient, equating to less energy consumption, lower subsequent energy costs and lower CO2 emissions.

R22 equipment can be used but replacement components will be extremely difficult to obtain and it will be illegal to top up with any form of RSS refrigerant.

If you feel your air-conditioning needs a health check or to ensure you are compliant
contact us and we will arrange a fully qualified engineer to visit your premises.