R22 Refrigerant is Being Phased Out Published on February 14, 2017 Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your choices. RECAP: If you have an air conditioner installed prior to 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfortable. The EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. Starting in 2010, the production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed. HIGHLIGHTS: R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America. You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this specific refrigerant. The cost of R22 is going up because of the dropping supply, and won’t be available for use at all by 2020. GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? If your AC equipment was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioner was produced before January 2010, you have some options: 1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which can use the approved AC refrigerant.2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current air conditioning system to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could void your warranty(ies).3) Continue to use recycled R22 until 2020. READY TO BE DONE WITH IT? If you don’t want to panic about the hassle of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to stress about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a no-charge in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!