Why is R22 being phased out? Published on July 14, 2017 If you have had any work done on your air conditioner in the last few months, there’s a good probability that you have come across R22 refrigerant. The EPA revealed more than 25 years ago that it would be phasing out R22, with the production of R22 being totally phased out by 2020. With that in mind, the professionals at Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning have heard a host of questions about the impending change and all that it means for people in the Salt Lake City area. A little background Air conditioners work because of refrigerants like R22, and if your air conditioner was put in before 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant to cool your air. It has been stated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have R22 refrigerant be done away with in accordance with the Clean Air Act. 2010 marked the end of manufacturing air conditioners that use R22 with the production of R22 being completely done by 2020. Why is R22 being phased out? Without getting too in the weeds, R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) which contains high ozone depletion potential due to the usage of chlorine. HCFCs are chemicals that are commonly found in refrigerants like R22, and because has been discovered that they can harm the ozone layer, the ruling to phase out R22 was made. If you’d like to find out more about the process of phasing out R22, the EPA has a ton of information regarding their reasoning. What now? If you’re not sure if your air conditioner is using R22, the pros at Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning are willing to help walk you through the process of figuring that out. Whether you’re facing a routine service appointment, AC repair, or a replacement, you can trust our professionals to help lead you in the right direction to be sure you’re taken care of. If you have any questions about R22 and how it could effect your air conditioner going forward, don’t hesitate to get ahold of our team at Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Salt Lake City. We can even come out to offer a complimentary in-home estimate. Give us a call at 385-399-0280 or request an appointment online.