R22 is Phasing Out 

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


If you have an AC system installed earlier than 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and pleasant. 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 manufacturing and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed. 


R22 refrigerant is no longer made in North America. 

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

The cost of R22 is increasing because of the dropping supply, and won’t be accessible 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 conditioner was made before January 2010, you have some options: 

1) Invest in an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which requires the approved A/C refrigerant. 

2) Call an expert 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 nullify your warranty(ies). 

3) Keep using recycled R22 until 2020. 


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 soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to help 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 conditioning system, just in time for spring! 

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