What You Need To Know About R22 Freon

What You Need to Know About R22 Freon

R22 Freon Is Banned – But NOT Extinct – For Now

R22 Freon RefrigerantWould you believe R22 Freon won the southwest? OK, maybe not all by itself.

Yes, there were many reasons to settle the southwest. But without R22 Freon, central air conditioning may not have happened. NO A/C, fewer people, smaller economy, fewer jobs, etc.

R22 Freon makes summers in Arizona comfortable. But R22 refrigerant contains ozone-depleting CFC’s. Although efficient for air conditioning systems, but any leaks of R22 Freon deplete the ozone layer.

R22 is a greenhouse gas. Manufacturing R22 creates a by-product that contributes to global warming. This leads the EPA to take action to phase out the manufacture of R22 Freon.

The myths surrounding the phase out and R22 replacement are many. The facts not well understood.

R22 Freon Refrigerant Phase Out

Manufactures could not build equipment, pre-charged with R22 Freon after January 1, 2010. All “pre-charged” A/C systems had to use R-410A refrigerant. Also know as “Puron”.

Transition to the new refrigerant created confusion about the future of R22 Freon.

Production of R22 Freon will stop by January 1, 2020. Manufactures will stop production of “Virgin” R22 Refrigerant. And imports will stop as well.

But, and this is important, recovered R22 will be available to service existing systems. And this will include new dry R22 Freon based A/C condensers.

But the end will come for R22 Freon refrigerant on January 1, 2030. After that date it will be against the law to service existing A/C or heat pumps with R22 Freon.

Rumors Abound

One of the big rumors is that R22 A/C condensers are not available. This is not true. They are available.

And you can charge them with R22 refrigerant. Either “virgin” or reclaimed.

A second rumor is that R-22 Freon will not be available after January 1, 2020. Again, as stated above, this is not true.

Production will stop, but reclaimed and recycled R22 Freon will be available. Albeit, more expensive. A lot more expensive.

The Rest of The Story

Now this is worth remembering! Reclaimed and recycled R22 Freon has the same purity standards as virgin R22. And there are NO EPA requirements to change or convert R22 Freon units to R-410A.

To convert a system from R22 to R-410A requires changes to system components. So, stay with your existing R22 Freon system as long as you can.

Although the cost of R22 will continue to rise, it will be available until 2030. So, if you have a leak, have the technician use reclaimed R22 Refrigerant.

In light of the costs, retrofit to an existing A/C or heat pump may be more than you think. But we will all be there at some time in the future. Like it or not.

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