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Masterair Services Ltd feel that it is important to highlight changes within the HVAC industry. The phase out of R22 Gas in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems and the options to change to an eco-friendlier alternative are available, and this regulation has been enforced for a few years now, but the awareness may not be. Masterair Services Ltd can provide information on what those options are along with options relating to servicing existing systems and their lifespan.

The EC Ozone Regulation (No. 1005/2009) was introduced to phase out HCFCs, including R22 gas, used in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration systems. Since 1st January 2015, it has been illegal to use virgin, recycled and reclaimed R22 to maintain or repair AC equipment.

Please note that you are now obliged BY LAW, if you have more than 3kg of F-Gas (fluorinated greenhouse) refrigerants, to prevent refrigerant leakage and log gas usage / leakage under the new ‘European Union’s F-gas regulation no 842/2006’ which came into force on 4th July 2007. The best way to ensure that you are not liable for prosecution is to ensure that you have an annual Preventative Maintenance Contract (PMC) in place, which includes monitoring and leak detection.

R22 gas is an HCFC & has been banned for use in new equipment in the UK since 2004. The ban is in place because HCFCs are ozone-depleting substances, meaning that when they’re released into the air, they react with and damage the ozone, which contributes to climate change.

Due to their detrimental impact on the environment, R22 & other ozone-depleting substances are being phased out globally. Modern refrigerants, which do not damage the ozone layer are now being enforced and regulated and are now being used in their place. Modern AC systems now are designed for modern refrigerants like R32 which provide a more environmentally friendly alternative.

For business owners, facilities managers, operations managers or anyone involved in commercial buildings or premises this regulation affects their buildings and their business. Anyone who wants to discuss energy efficient alternatives to their current systems, or who want to discuss a service package for their existing system with a lifespan assessment and a planned replacement option to suit, Masterair Services Ltd are informed, qualified and available to discuss.

Call our Business Development Manager, Paul Kane on +353 (0) 866050203 or email paul.kane@masterair.ie. You can also contact our Head Office on +353 (0) 1-4133828 or email info@masterair.ie and one of our team will contact you asap for chat. www.masterair.ie