As of January 1, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has banned R-22.  All production and importation of R-22 is banned from the United States.

According to the EPA, “Because R-22 depletes the ozone layer, production and import was further limited in 2010. In 2020, R-22 will no longer be produced or imported. After 2020, only recovered, recycled, or reclaimed supplies of R-22 will be available.”

R-22 will be completely banned January 1, 2030.

What is R-22?

R-22 is a refrigerant that is used in air-conditioning equipment. The release of this chemical has been shown to deplete the Earth’s protective ozone layer.  Thus, the EPA has banned production of this refrigerant.

What the R-22 Ban Means to You

Owners with an R-22 System may continue to use their equipment.  However, as R-22 is now banned, any repairs to a unit that requires adding R-22 refrigerant to the system will no longer be possible.  Any R-22 that was previously produced and still in stock can be used.  It is also important to keep in mind that as the stock of R-22 shrinks, the price for R-22 will increase.

While most repairs tend to be electrical in nature any repairs that require R-22 when there is none left to use will need to replace their unit.  Additionally, most maintenance checks do require a refrigerant recharge.

R-22 Units and Replacement Options

Customers with an R-22 system can continue to use the system and get as much life out of the unit as possible.  However, if a repair is needed it could mean an emergency system replacement, which is typically more costly than a planned HVAC system update.

Some R-22 units may be converted, however most conversions are not possible, and a conversion only buys you a bit more time with the unit.  The price of conversion is not worth it, and a new unit is recommended.

The best option for customers with older units that require R-22 refrigerant is to discuss a full system replacement.


If you are unsure whether your unit uses R-22 or have any questions regarding your unit, please contact us and one of our HVAC professionals can answer any questions and walk you through any issues you may have.


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