Service Options for R-22 Air Conditioning Equipment

Service Options for R-22 Air Conditioning Equipment

The basic service question for the owner of R-22 equipment is whether to continue repairing and servicing equipment with R-22, keep the old equipment but retrofit it with a replacement, non-ozone depleting alternative, or to replace the equipment all together with a new system using a new refrigerant.

With the phase-out of R-22, production and importation of R-22 refrigerant in the U.S. is limited and will be reduced to zero by the EPA in 2020.  The use of R-22 in new equipment was banned in 2010 but servicing of existing equipment with R-22 can continue well after 2020.