R22 is Phasing Out 

In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing wanted to remind you of your options. 


If you have air conditioning equipment installed prior to 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner 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 AC equipment that use this certain refrigerant. 

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


If your air conditioning system was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was produced 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 expert to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. Understand, though, this is not recommended because it could nullify your warranty(ies). 

3) Stick with using recycled R22 until 2020. 


If you don’t want to panic about the issue of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to worry about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, just in time for spring! 

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