R22 is Phasing Out 

We told you last summer about the R22 phase out and with summer approaching, Roland J. Down Service Experts wanted to remind you of your options. 


If you have an air conditioning system installed prior to 2010, it probably uses R22 refrigerant, which is what keeps the air coming from your air conditioner cool and comfortable. 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. 

Starting 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 get recycled R22 now for existing air conditioning systems that use this certain refrigerant. 

The cost of R22 is increasing because of the decreasing supply, and will no longer be accessible for use at all by 2020. 


If your air conditioning system was manufactured after January 2010, the R22 refrigerant phase-out probably doesn’t apply to you. However, if your air conditioning system was manufactured before January 2010, you have some options: 

1) Purchase an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system, which uses the approved A/C refrigerant. 

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

3) Stick with using recycled R22 until 2020. 


If you don’t want to stress about the trouble 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 help the environment with a non-ozone destroying refrigerant, call Roland J. Down Service Experts today and we’ll come out and provide you a free in-home estimate on a new AC system, just in time for spring! 

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