What is R22 ?



R-22 is a refrigerant that is used in air conditioning equipment. Because R-22 depletes the ozone layer, production and import began to be limited in 2010.  As of 2020, R-22 will no longer be produced or imported.  After 2020, only recovered, recycled, or reclaimed supplies of R-22 will be available. The production (not use) of R-22 is being phased out.  You are not required to stop using R-22 air-conditioners nor to replace existing equipment. The phaseout period provides time to switch to ozone-friendly refrigerants when you normally would replace your air conditioner. In the future, R-22 supplies will be more limited and costs to service equipment with R-22 may rise.

The schedule to phase out HCFCs is:

January 1, 2010  Ban on production, import and use of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b, except for continuing servicing needs of existing equipment

January 1, 2015  Ban on production, import, and use of all HCFCs, except for continuing servicing needs of refrigeration equipment

January 1, 2020  Ban on remaining production and import of  HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b.  After 2020, the servicing of systems with R-22 will rely on recycled or stockpiled quantities

 January 1, 2030  Ban on remaining production and import of  all HCFCs



New energy efficient air conditioners save energy costs. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save significantly on your energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

Energy efficiency is measured by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER).

Like miles per gallon in a car, the higher the system SEER rating, the more efficient the equipment and the more comfort you will get from each energy dollar.