R22 is Phasing Out

February 14, 2017

We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with warmer temperatures approaching, A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your choices.


If you have air conditioning equipment installed prior to 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and comfy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was adding to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.

Starting in 2010, the making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will basically no longer be allowed.


R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America.

You can purchase recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this specific refrigerant.

The cost of R22 is rising because of the reducing supply, and will not be accessible for use at all by 2020.


If your AC equipment was produced after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was manufactured before January 2010, you have some options:

1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved air conditioner refrigerant.

2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current AC equipment to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could void your warranty(ies).

3) Stick with using recycled R22 until 2020.


If you don’t want to have to worry about the issue 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 help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!

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