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R22 Refrigerant Phase Out: Are You Ready?

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Do you have an older air conditioner? Listen up! The R22 refrigerant phase out is happening soon. As in, less than a year.

For almost a decade now, we’ve heard about this looming R22 refrigerant phase out.  Summer is going to be here before you know it, so Brown’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing wants to keep you informed of all your options.

R22 Refrigerant Phase Out Recap

If you had your air conditioning system installed before 2010, it likely uses R22 refrigerant. This is what is used to create cool and comfy air coming from your air conditioner.

However, in recent years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant due to the compounding depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. Actually, the whole process started about 25 years ago when the EPA ordered this phase-out of R-22 as part of the international treaty on protecting the ozone layer. Referred to as the “Montreal Protocol,” this began because of the effects of refrigerant ozone-depleting substances.

Then, back in 2010, the production and import of R22 was prohibited. By 2020 (less than one year), R22 will essentially no longer be allowed.

What Homeowners Need to Know

The R22 refrigerant phase out can all be confusing. Here are the top three things you need to know:

  1. R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America.
  2. This summer, you can still obtain recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this certain refrigerant, but it is 3x more expensive than the current use of R-410A which is now used in air conditioning.
  3. Due to the decreasing supply, the cost of R22 is rising. And in 2020, it will no longer be accessible at all.

So, if your air conditioner was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t apply to you. If you’re not sure when it was manufactured, look up your unit online to find out the details on your model.

However, if your air conditioner was produced before January 2011, you have a couple options.

  1. Invest in a new air conditioner. An upgraded unit will be more environmentally-friendly, efficient and will also use the approved R-410A A/C refrigerant.  Our advice? Do it now (yes, in winter) before the rush hits and manufactures end up increasing the costs on air conditioning systems due to demands.
  2. Continue to utilize recycled R22 until 2020.  But if you end up with a leak and need to be prepared to face market costs which can range upwards of $200 per pound.

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Stay Prepared for the R22 Refrigerant Phase Out with Brown’s

Whether you’d rather not deal with the stress of the phase-out and rising costs or you’re simply ready to switch over to a non-ozone destroying refrigerant now, consider upgrading to a new air conditioning unit today. Call Brown’s to schedule your complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!  

Plus, we are offering winter pre-season specials on all Carrier systems. Don’t forget about our financing options that offer you $0 down and 0% interest programs to help you pay off your investment. It’s also considered a capital investment in your home which benefits your home value.

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If you have any questions about how the R22 refrigerant phase out will impact your home or business, call Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing at 732-741-0694. We offer the most reliable HVAC services throughout Toms River, Middletown, Brick, Holmdel, Freehold and surrounding NJ areas.