The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates certain substances to protect our ozone and environment. The EPA’s recent Clean Air Act calls for R-22 refrigerant to be phased out of the U.S. by 2020. Here’s what you need to know about the phase-out.
What is R-22 Air Conditioner Refrigerant?
R-22 is the commonly used refrigerant in old residential air conditioners. Also known as Freon, this chemical was introduced in the 1950s as the leading way to keep the air coming out of your air conditioner cool. It is a vital part of any AC system installed before 2010.
What is the R-22 Phase-Out?
The EPA designated R-22 as a Class II substance that has been used to transition away from more harmful ozone-depleting substances. But since it still has the potential to harm the ozone as well, the EPA is phasing out all production and importation of R-22 by 2020.
This phase-out period allows home-owners time to switch to the more ozone-friendly R-410A refrigerant or others. The switch can be made when the time naturally comes to replace their air conditioner.
Can I Still Have My AC Serviced if it Contains R-22?
Yes, you can still maintain and service your air conditioner if it contains R-22. The phase-out only applies to the production and importation of R-22 to the U.S.
How Does the Phase-Out Affect You?
Only recovered, recycled, and reclaimed supplies of R-22 will be available in the U.S. after 2020. This means the cost of servicing or repairing ACs installed before 2010 will go up.
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