As of January 2010 new R22 equipment became illegal to install and as of January 2015 all recycled/reclaimed R22 will be illegal to use.
Any air conditioning system over 10 years old most likely uses R22 refrigerant, an ozone-depleting CFC which is now banned in new systems across the EU. By law R22 systems will no longer be serviceable at the end of 2014, as a result it will be illegal to repair a system using R22 refrigerant in the event of any failure. Spare parts and recycled R22 are already in short supply and expensive.
Modern replacement systems use environmentally responsible refrigerants and are up to 60% more energy efficient than R22 systems, and often have a pay back period of 3-4 years just in energy savings.
FWP can offer an alternative option, whether it is a brand new energy efficient system or a drop in replacement on an existing refrigeration system FWP can advise the best solution for your application.