Why is R22 being phased out? Published on July 14, 2017 If you have had any work done on your air conditioner recently, there’s a good probability that you know about R22 refrigerant. The EPA stated more than 25 years ago that it had a plan to phase out R22, with the production of R22 being totally phased out by 2020. Noting that, the experts at Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning have heard a number of questions about the impending transition and all that it can mean for folks in the Ogden area. A little background Air conditioners work because of refrigerants like R22, and if your air conditioner was added before 2010, it is likely that it uses R22 refrigerant to cool your air. It has been mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have R22 refrigerant phased out 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 technical, R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) which contains high ozone depletion potential due to the use of chlorine. HCFCs are chemicals that are commonly found in refrigerants like R22, and because they have been found to harm the ozone layer, the ruling to phase out R22 was made. If you’d like to read more about the progression of phasing out R22, the EPA offers a ton of information talking about their decision. What now? If you’re not sure if your air conditioner is using R22, the experts at Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help walk you through the process of making that determination. 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 ensure you’re taken care of. If you have any questions about R22 and how it could play a role in your air conditioner moving forward, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ogden. We can even come out to give you a complimentary in-home estimate. Give us a call at 801-436-8985 or request an appointment online.