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16th June 2015 - back to news index

R32 refrigerant gas: What you need to know

As of 2015, it is illegal to use Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), including the refrigerant gas R22, in refrigeration, heat pump and air conditioning systems.

R22 has not been used in new systems since 2004 but if you are running equipment older than this, you will need to replace the R22 with R32 or upgrade to newer equipment. We recommend that you get in touch to discuss which option is best for you.

What is R32?

R32 is an HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) type refrigerant. It has a lower impact on the environment than ozone-depleting R22 and, as such, is replacing R22 as the refrigerant in many new air conditioning systems.

How do I work with R32?

As with any refrigerant gas, R32 should be handled with care. Our qualified technicians can carry the work out for you in compliance with all health and safety guidelines.

R32 is classed as mildly flammable and, as with any device using refrigerant gasses, there are some safety precautions which you should take when your system uses R32;

If you would like to talk about making sure that you have the correct refrigerant gas and safety precautions in place, please get in touch.

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