R22 is Phasing Out

February 14, 2017

Last summer we told you about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to remind you of your courses of action.


If you have air conditioning equipment installed before 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what causes the air coming from your air conditioner to be cool and comfy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began phasing out R22 refrigerant in recent years because it was contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.

Beginning in 2010, the making and importing of R22 was prohibited and by 2020, R22 will pretty much no longer be allowed.


R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured in North America.

You can obtain recycled R22 now for existing AC equipment that use this certain refrigerant.

The cost of R22 is rising because of the reducing supply, and won’t be obtainable for use at all by 2020.


If your air conditioning system was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably won’t affect you. However, if your air conditioning system was manufactured before January 2010, you have a few options:

1) Buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved air conditioner refrigerant.

2) Call an expert to replace the parts in your current air conditioner to help make it compatible with approved A/C refrigerant. Keep in mind, this is not recommended because it could void your warranty(ies).

3) Continue to use recycled R22 until 2020.


If you don’t want to have to worry about the issue of your refrigerant being phased-out, or you don’t want to agonize about the increasing costs of said refrigerant, or you just want to love the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll come out and provide you a complimentary in-home estimate on a new air conditioning system, just in time for spring!

Contact Us