Do you own a motor vehicle with air conditioning, which was manufactured before 1995? If so, your air conditioning system may contain ozone-depleting substances called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Here in British Columbia, it is now illegal to charge or recharge any motor vehicle air conditioner (MVAC) — new or old — with CFCs. This is a requirement of B.C.'s Ozone Depleting Substances and Other Halocarbons Regulation. CFC-12, often called Freon-12 or R-12, is the refrigerant used in most MVAC systems produced before 1995. If your vehicle uses R-12, the next time its air conditioning (A/C) system requires servicing, you will have two options:
BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection. 2000. B.C.'s Ban on CFCs in Vehicle Air Conditioners: What You Should Know. BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection
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