The Environmental Protection Agency has completed the years long process of phasing out the production of R-22 refrigerant, also known as “freon”. You may have seen or heard on local and national news that it will be illegal to manufacture R-22 after January 1st, 2020. Consequently, the cost of repairing air conditioning systems which require R-22 refrigerant will rise exponentially. Newer air conditioning systems use a more environmentally friendly refrigerant known as R-410A. Unfortunately, the two refrigerants are not compatible and cannot be mixed or used without expensive modifications to systems designed for R-22.

This is meant to inform you about the probable higher expense of future repairs on your existing air conditioner. EPA regulations have a direct effect on our industry which creates a direct impact on you as our customer. If your system requires R-22 and you’re on the fence about replacing it, I recommend moving toward replacing your air conditioner sooner rather than later, and especially before January of 2020. Repairing a system which requires R-22 refrigerant is already expensive and will only increase in the very near future.

If you don’t know which refrigerant your system requires, you can look on the manufacturer’s label on the outdoor unit. If the label is difficult to read, go by the date it was manufactured. Systems manufactured before 1996 will likely use R-22. If your system was manufactured between 1996 and 2010, it is possible that your system requires R-22. Systems produced after 2010 use only R-410A.

As always, keep in mind we offer free estimates on new systems and free 2nd opinions on repairs, so it is always worth giving us a call – it could save you thousands. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask your technician during your next appointment or give us a call and speak with one of our customer service representatives.

We consider it a privilege to be responsible for your comfort.


William Swanson | President and Owner of Tri County Air