R22 Refrigerant is Being Phased Out Published on February 14, 2017 Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your courses of action. RECAP: If you have air conditioning equipment installed prior to 2010, it most likely uses R22 refrigerant, which is what makes the air coming from your air conditioner cool and pleasant. The United States EPA began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was compounding the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. Beginning in 2010, the manufacturing and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will essentially no longer be allowed. HIGHLIGHTS: R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America. You can get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this certain refrigerant. The cost of R22 is going up because of the dropping supply, and will no longer be accessible for use at all by 2020. GOT IT? GOOD! SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? If your air conditioning system was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’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 uses the approved A/C refrigerant.2) Call an HVAC company to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved air conditioner refrigerant. Understand, though, this is not recommended because it could nullify your warranty(ies).3) Keep using recycled R22 until 2020. READY TO BE DONE WITH IT? If you don’t want to stress about the issue of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to stress about the rising costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to improve the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!