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Air Conditioner Shopping and the Discontinuation of R-22

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Starting in January of this year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the production of R-22. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ll want to consider the effects of this change.


As a homeowner you’ll need to consider and balance several key factors in your decision to purchase a new air conditioner unit, including: energy efficiency, performance, cost, and the refrigerant used as some new models will still contain R-22 and have time before they are phased out.

What is R-22?

R-22 is a Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant often used in air-conditioning equipment.

What’s the problem with R-22?

The release of HCFCs is harming the environment.

Do I have to replace my AC now to comply?

The lengthy phaseout period allows you to replace your air conditioning equipment that contains R-22 when you normally would, for instance, if it becomes old, inefficient, or ineffective.

Availability and Cost of R-22

As of January 2020, R-22 will no longer be produced or imported. Realizing that supplies of R-22 will become more limited and that the price may increase as a result should be a factor in your decision to upgrade your air conditioning system.

The phaseout period provides time to switch to ozone-friendly refrigerants when you would replace your air conditioner in the future.

Can I still have my R-22 unit serviced by a professional?

Absolutely. The most important thing you can do is maintain your unit properly and professionals like us will work to ensure you maximize the life of any system you have. Appropriate servicing minimizes potential environmental damage and maintenance costs.
The technicians at Sal’s are properly certified to work on equipment containing R-22. They also utilize proper equipment to ensure environmental protections are in order.

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