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March 2017

What Does The Phase Out of R-22 Mean?

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R-22 To Be Phased Out Completely By 2020 It's time for change once again! According to the EPA, R22 is due to be phased out completely by the year 2020. Why you ask? Good question! Back in 1987, the Montreal Protocol was signed by several different countries to begin phasing out what are called "ozone depleting substances" (in essence, chemicals that will continue to eat away at our atmosphere here on earth). The good old USA is just one of 190 countries that are putting a stop to the manufacturing and distribution of R-22. Surprisingly, R-22 has not been manufactured or imported into the USA since January 1, 2010. We are running on leftovers! As of January 1, 2015, the manufacturing and sale of R-22 air conditioners was banned. What the R-22 Phase Out Means For You! Most importantly, the cost of R-22 related repairs has begun to skyrocket based on the very little quantities that are left to be able to use. If you still own a heat pump or air conditioner that uses R-22, don't be surprised to spend at minimum $400 or more for a simple "gas and go" so to speak. It is important to note that air conditioners and heat pumps are closed unit systems, so if you need R-22 added, you have a leak somewhere in the system, and leaks can only be fixed temporarily before they appear again. Second, now is the best time to think about replacing your old air conditioner or heat...
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