Refrigerant Conversions for Kansas City Businesses
Many air conditioning systems that are still in use today rely on R-22, an HCFC-based refrigerant that contributes to ozone depletion in the atmosphere. The ozone layer helps to protect against UV radiation, which can cause skin cancer, cataracts, and other health problems with excessive exposure.
The Phase-Out of R-22
As part of the Clean Air Act, R-22 is being phased out in favor of more environmentally-friendly refrigerants, such as R-410A, and by 2020, import and production of R-22 will be completely banned. Though current equipment with R-22 can still be used and repaired with existing or reclaimed R-22 supplies, as the ban approaches and supplies dwindle, R-22 is becoming prohibitively expensive. In many cases replacing older R-22-based equipment is the best option, but if your current equipment still has plenty of usable life, a conversion to R-410A may be a viable, cost-effective option.
At Lippert Mechanical Services, we offer conversion services for equipment with R-22, including air conditioners, heat pumps, refrigeration systems, and more. With over 50 years of industry experience and the latest industry certifications, we can make sure that your refrigeration conversion is done properly and professionally. We serve businesses throughout the Kansas City, MO area, including St. Joseph Mo and Lawrence, KS.
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The Conversion Process
An R-22 refrigeration conversion is not a simple process of removing the R-22 and replacing it with R-410A. R-410A uses a synthetic lubricant, unlike the petroleum-based oil in R-22, and any water that remains in the system can cause significant damage. Additionally, R-410A has slightly different properties than R-22, including higher operating pressures, and components like the compressor, expansion valve and accumulator must be replaced. The conversion process typically includes:
- Removing the R-22 with a recovery machine
- Sequestering the R-22 in a recovery tank
- Removing moisture with a vacuum pump
- Flushing any remaining oil and residue from the system
- Replacing components incompatible with R-410A
- Sealing the system and charging it with R-410A
To discuss whether a conversion is a viable option for your system, contact our team today!
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