The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not allow brand new cooling systems to use hydrochlorofluorocarbon – virgin HCFC-22 also known as R-22 beginning of 2020.

What does that mean for you?

With old technology using HCFC-22, the supply will decline and prices will most likely increase. When you transition, you have three choices:

  1. convert your existing system,
  2. buy a new one, or
  3. Continue to operate your existing system. If you choose to convert, confirm with your equipment supplier that the system is retrofitted to use an ozone-friendly and that all system components are compatible with the new refrigerant. Buying a new, more efficient system may require more money initially, but may reduce your electricity bill and save money over time. If you choose to continue to operate your existing system, be sure to identify and repair leaks quickly.

Only reclaimed or recovered HCFC-22, or an alternative refrigerant may be used. Reclaimed Refrigerant may continue to be used after the production and import phaseout in 2020. Both new and reclaimed HCFC-22 is likely to increase in price as existing supplies are used up. So, why not save money and the environment by purchasing a new refrigerator? Your bank account and future generations will thank you.

If you’re looking to have someone take an inventory of your current stock, we’d be more than happy to assist.


Helpful Resources and links:

Refrigerant Management under EPA’s Section 608 Regulations

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