Why is R22 being phased out? Published on July 14, 2017 If you have had any service completed on your air conditioner in the last few years, there’s a decent chance that you have heard of R22 refrigerant. The EPA revealed more than 25 years ago that it would be phasing out R22, with the production of R22 being completely phased out by 2020. Keeping that in mind, the professionals at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning have heard a number of questions about the coming transition and all that it can mean for people in the Provo area. A little background Air conditioners work because of refrigerants like R22, and if your air conditioner was added in advance of 2010, it more than likely employs 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 utilize R22 with the production of R22 being completely done by 2020. Why is R22 being phased out? Without getting too detailed, R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) which has high ozone depletion potential due to the usage 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 choice to phase out R22 was made. If you’d like to read more about the progression of phasing out R22, the EPA has a lot of information outlining their decision. What now? If you’re not sure if your air conditioner is utilizing R22, the professionals at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning are willing to help walk you through the process of figuring that out. Whether you’re faced with a routine service appointment, AC repair, or a replacement, you can rely on our professionals to help point you in the right direction to make sure you’re taken care of. If you have any questions about R22 and how it could effect your air conditioner going forward, don’t hesitate to get ahold of our team at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Provo. We can even come out to offer a complimentary in-home estimate. Give us a call at 801-396-0637 or request an appointment online.