Hi, My name is Chris and I am a air con engineer with over 20 years in the trade. Im here simply to explain the LAW with regards to air conditioning and some changes in legislation so you dont come a cropper!
All air conditioning units contain refrigerants. Many of these are CFCS. There has recently been a BAN on installing air conditioning units with some of the old refrigerants, as well as a BAN on selling equipment with the old refrigerant.
THE MAIN REFRIGERANT THAT IS BEING BANNED IS R22. As well as a ban on the sale of equipment ( NEW OR SECOND HAND) there is also a ban on refilling the system with virgin gas.
ASK THE SELLER what refrigerant it takes- R407c, R134a, R404a, R410a ARE ALL NEW REFRIGERANTS and are fine.
IF IT IS R22 equipment then stay clear. Many people at the moment are pulling out all their old R22 equipment for a good reason. Alot is ending up here for resale!!!!. If you buy it then it may well be junk and worthless and indeed you will HAVE TO PAY to have it disposed of.
I run Banbury Air Conditioning and am also a government Air conditioning Energy Assessor, Fgas registered, and HVCA and Quidos approved. We are approved Installers and commissioning engineers. WE ARE QUALIFIED!, which bring me to the next point!
It is against the law for any person who is not qualified to handle refrigerants. The law states that ANY ACTION THAT MAY CHANGE THE STATE OF ONE PARTICLE OF REFRIGERANT requires the person doing the work to be qualified. Many people will try and sell you air conditioning equipment on here saying it is easy to install.
BEFORE INSTALLING AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT IT NOW LEGALLY HAS TO BE PRESSURE TESTED. The system will also have to vaccummed. This requires specialist vac pumps, and oxygen free nitrogen AND A QUALIFIED AIR CONDITIONING ENGINEER.
DONT DO IT!.
THE FIRST PROSECUTION OF A DIY AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLER HAS JUST HAPPENED. HE IS IN JAIL.
THINK ABOUT IT.
I will happily give FREE ADVICE without charging a penny.
LASTLY- these CFCS are one of the most harmful substances known to man. The half life of R22 if a little leaks out is THOUSANDS of years eating away the ozone. This is why it is important.
THINK ABOUT THE KIDS, and what kind of earth we are leaving behind.