End users need to have their R22 refrigeration / air conditioning systems retrofitted with new environmentally friendly & approved alternative refrigerant gases or have them replaced.
When do the changes have to be completed by?
Although many companies have undergone or are in the process of exchanging their R22 refrigerants, huge conversions still need to be undertaken to ensure that the 2015 deadline for complete R22 replacement is accomplished.
Additional complications come about when considering the pressure of changing a R22 refrigeration system has upon a company that relies upon the air conditioning system or heatpump system for its daily operation of the business. Key to a smooth transition lies with ensuring the successful project management of the removal of the R22 refrigerant and retrofit of an alternative environmentally friendly and current approved refrigerant gas or in some cases a professional installation of a replacement system.
Central project issues include effective and efficient utilisation of existing equipment wherever possible, construction of new building, minimising disruption to ongoing operations and the smooth integration of new plant during a suitable period. Most importantly, the careful and safe removal of the R22 and its integral chemicals is foremost to an effective exchange. The replacement of R22 also carries substantial risk as the new refrigerants contain Hydrocarbons.
Consisting mostly of Iso-butane, Propane and Ammonia, these refrigerants have additional hazards associated with them which will require specialist engineering skills to deal with.
In addition, there is also an impending ‘Mandatory registration’ of engineers onto the ACRIB register and Companies onto the REFCOM register.
Systems that me be effected – Building Air Conditioning / Production Refrigeration / Air Source Heatpumps / Ground Source Heatpumps / Office Chillers / Bottle Coolers / Supermarket Cold Rooms / Restaurant Ice Making Machines / Shop Dairy Cabinets / Pub Beer Cellar Coolers / Residential Split Type Cooling & Heating Systems / Packaged Air Conditioning Systems / Window Units / Portable Air Conditioners / Dehumidifiers / Humidifiers / Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems (VRF) / Variable Refrigerant Volume Systems (VRV) / Rooftop units / Cooling Towers / Cooling Tower Condensor Units / Air Handling Unit Cooling Coil Condensing Units / Air Dryers.