R22 Phase Out

The old standard of R-22

The US Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the phaseout of R-22 refrigerant for air conditioning systems. The production of R-22 refrigerant systems will not be allowed as of 2010. The new regulations also state the manufacture of R-22 itself must end. The primary reason for these actions is because R-22 contains an ozone-depleting chlorine.

The new standard of refrigerant, R-410A

R-410A is recognized by the EPA as a chlorine-free refrigerant and is ozone-friendly.


R-22 refrigerant is still allowed to be used in systems produced before 2010. However, manufacturers are not allowed to make systems utilizing R-22 post 2010. This means the availability of R-22 refrigerant will potentially be in short supply before the last production of R-22 refrigerant in 2020.


The new standard of R-410A refrigerant cannot be retrofitted into systems already using R-22 refrigerant. You can cause the system to malfunction or to be damaged beyond repair.

What Does the Phaseout of R-22 Mean to Consumers?

The Clean Air Act prevents any refrigerant from being vented into the atmosphere. Therefore, the ozone-depleting refrigerant must be recovered and recycled, reclaimed, or destroyed. Until 2020, R-22 will be available (due to supply) for all systems that use R-22 refrigerant for servicing. Currently, there’s no requirement to change R-22 systems over to R-410A.

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