It’s shocking to see the sheer of articles on the R-22 phaseout that contain exaggerations and misinformation about the phaseout.
As of January 1, 2020, it will no longer be legal to produce or import virgin R-22 in the U.S. This DOES NOT mean that R-22 will be unavailable or illegal to use. It just means that after that date, contractors who service R-22 systems will have to rely on existing stocks of virgin refrigerant or use reclaimed refrigerant.
Yet to see the media report it, one would think that just owning a system that contains R-22 could land you in a lot of trouble. An article states, “Once 2020 arrives, nobody is going to be able to get Freon for their AC unit. If you have a Freon-based air conditioning unit, you will have to switch it over by the year 2020. If not, your summers are going to be long and very hot.” This is simply not true, as there will be R-22 available for repairs.
If an R-22 unit is working properly and not leaking, maintenance is the best way to avoid a costly repair. Maintenance will extend the life of a system, and utilizing a digital platform like the iManifold system to provide system performance can give homeowners the peace of mind about their system.
The bottom line is that there is no reason for end users to panic over the R-22 phaseout, and users shouldn’t be scaring them into buying new equipment. Make sure your contractor takes the time to educate you about the future of R-22, but unless the existing equipment is leaking or not performing well, the phaseout should not be a priority. It’s not something that should be used to frighten people into making a purchase.