R22 Refrigerant is Being Phased Out Published on February 14, 2017 In 2016 we told you about the R22 phase out and with cooling season approaching, Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your choices. RECAP: If you have an air conditioning system installed prior to 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfy. The EPA 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 production and import of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed. HIGHLIGHTS: R22 refrigerant is no longer produced in North America. You can get recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this particular refrigerant. The cost of R22 is rising because of the decreasing supply, and will no longer be available for use at all by 2020. GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? If your air conditioning system was made after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. However, if your AC equipment was manufactured 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 a professional to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved AC refrigerant. Understand, though, this is not recommended because it could invalidate your warranty(ies).3) Stick with using recycled R22 until 2020. READY TO BE DONE WITH IT? If you don’t want to panic about the issue 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 Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring!