The production and import of R22 refrigerant became illegal in the United States on January 1, 2020. If you rely on an HVAC system that uses this type of refrigerant, you may have to decide between a system replacement or a hefty refrigerant bill this summer.
On January 1, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the production and import of R22 refrigerant. They allowed the service of existing systems containing R22, but the EPA also banned manufacturing and installing new R22 systems. This forced the air conditioning manufacturers to redesign their systems to accommodate R410A, an acceptable chlorine-free refrigerant.
If your ac was built and installed before January 1, 2010, it’s very likely that it uses the R22 refrigerant. Your equipment may have a label identifying which type of refrigerant is used but we recommend asking an experienced Lenz Heating and Cooling service technician for confirmation.
Soon, high temperatures will force you to start up your AC for the first time in months. If you have a system that uses R22, you may want to evaluate your options before your aging system fails or needs costly emergency repairs.
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