R22 is a refrigerant used in HVAC systems. When run through your system, it is transformed from a liquid to a gas and it’s what heats/cools your home. It is possible that your system uses R22 to run properly. Today we’ll discuss what exactly it means when we say R22 has been phased out and how it may affect you.
Why is R22 Being Phased Out?
R22 has proven to be harmful to our environment therefore the EPA has ruled it illegal in the United States starting January 1, 2020. The EPA decided to make R22 illegal because of its negative effects on our environment, they hoped in doing this it would improve the health of our earth. R22 has been shown to be depleting the ozone layer and has been a factor in the hole in our ozone above the South Pole. This phase out began initially in 2010 when the production and importation of new R22 related equipment to the US was stopped. This of course has led to the complete ban of R22 in the US.
How Does This Affect You?
If your AC or Heat pump was installed before 2010 it’s likely your system uses R22. If your HVAC system uses R22 you do NOT have to replace your system or stop using it. Although this ban is very real they do not expect everyone to replace their systems immediately. However, it may create problems in the future regarding repair and service of your system. Repairs will likely become more expensive as R22 becomes less available. Miller’s recommends having your system inspected and replaced in order to avoid any further issues in reference to the R22 refrigerant.
If you have any questions regarding R22 and it’s phase out don’t hesitate to call us. This can be confusing, but we want to assure you that it’s nothing to stress over. Our professionals here at Miller’s are happy to come take a look at your system to determine if it uses R22 and what steps should be taken next. Here at Miller’s we’re always looking to show you what it means to experience the Miller’s Difference. Give us a call to schedule an appointment to get your HVAC system inspected (804) 758-4314.