R-22 Phase Out

Due to the EPA phase-out of R-22, pricing and availability of R-22 may change on a daily basis. Please call Customer Service for your local price and availability.

Why the Phaseout?

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) also are ozone-depleting substances used extensively in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment manufactured and installed today. The most common HCFC refrigerant is R-22. In response to these environmental concerns, no new or imported R-22 will be allowed in the U.S. on or after Jan. 1, 2020.

R-22 Phase Out

2017 Brings Significant Changes to Refrigerant

Per the phaseout schedule, production and importation of HCFC-22 will be 13 million pounds in 2017, 9 million pounds in 2018, and 4 million pounds in 2019. To you, this means prepare for a significant decrease in R-22 supply. As the R-22 supply continues to decrease, the price will increase.

However, as R-22 supply decreases, it is also being recycled by certified refrigerant reclaimers. These reclaimers will make a limited supply of recycled R-22 available after the phaseout.

Recycled R-22 will still meet AHRI specifications and will equal newly manufactured refrigerant.

Next Steps

We’re here to help you stay informed of current EPA requirements. While you are not legally required to stop using R-22, you can replace your existing system with one that uses a safer refrigerant.

We offer the following alternatives and substitutes to help you manage through the R-22 phaseout:

RefrigerantBest ApplicationPerformance Relevant to R-22Pre Conversion / Retrofit Considerations
R-407CAir ConditioningClose capacity; Less dehumidificationMay require POE oil; No conponent change; Replace schrader cores
ICOR International R-422B NU-22B®Air ConditioningSame or slightly lower capacity; Better dehumidificationNo oil change; No component change; Replace schrader cores
Forane® R-427AAir ConditioningSame or slightly lower capacity; Higher discharge pressureMay require POE oil; No component change; Replace schrader cores
Freon MO99Air ConditioningSame or slighty lower capacity; Higher discharge pressureNo oil change; No component change; Replace schrader cores
R-410AAir ConditioningMore efficient than R-22New equipment only; Not a retrofit refrigerant