R22 is Phasing Out

February 14, 2017

We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your choices.


If you have an air conditioner installed earlier than 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfortable. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.

Beginning in 2010, the making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed.


R22 refrigerant is no longer produced in North America.

You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this certain refrigerant.

The cost of R22 is rising because of the dropping supply, and will no longer be obtainable for use at all by 2020.


If your AC equipment was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:

1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved air conditioner refrigerant.

2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. Understand, though, this is not recommended because it could invalidate your warranty(ies).

3) Continue to use recycled R22 until 2020.


If you don’t want to have to worry about the trouble of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to worry about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring!

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