Will the R-22 Phase Out Affect You?

If your system was bought in 2010 or after, no. The EPA banned the production of systems requiring R-22. If we put a Trane system in your house after 2010 it uses R410A.

If your system was bought before 2010, it might. But don’t panic. What used to be the industry standard refrigerant is now being phased out for it’s harmful affects on the ozone layer. On January 1, 2020 it will become illegal for R-22 to be manufactured or imported to the United States. If you have a system that uses R-22 refrigerant you may have already noticed an increase in prices, unfortunately the price of R-22 will keep going up the closer we get to 2020.

Does this mean you need to rush out and get a new system before January 1, 2020? That is completely up to you. If you want to be proactive and upgrade your unit give us a call and we will come out and give you a free bid. Otherwise, there’s no reason to get a new system until you run into costly repairs. If your system is running as it should, the refrigerant levels will stay the same. Annual cleanings will help keep your system running smoothly and efficiently for as long as possible.

Feel free to give us a call at (314) 821- 1200 if you have any questions about what you should do with your system.