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 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 pretty much no longer be allowed. HIGHLIGHTS: R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America. You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioners that use this particular refrigerant. The cost of R22 is increasing because of the dropping supply, and won’t be obtainable for use at all by 2020. GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? If your AC equipment was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was made before January 2010, you have some options: 1) Purchase 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. However, this is not recommended because it could invalidate 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 agonize about the soaring costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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!