R-22 Phase Out
R-22 refrigerant is a chemical that keeps the air coming from your air conditioning system cool.
Most air conditioning systems installed before 2010 utilize air conditioning refrigerant called R-22, commonly known as Freon.
The U.S. EPA considers R-22 Freon an ozone-depleting agent and as part of the international agreement known as “The Montreal Protocol”, groups around the world have phased out this harmful chemical.
What Is R-22?
If Your System Uses R-22...
Freon prices have hiked significantly over the past few years because of the ban and shortages will likely increase costs even more. New refrigerant will no longer be available for use at all after 2020, with the exception of recycled quantities.
To be clear, the EPA regulates the production and use of this refrigerant, but not your system. You aren’t required by law to replace your air conditioner, but at some point, your AC will quit running and need to be replaced.
Owners of older air conditioning systems have a decision to make: