R22 Refrigerant -- PLAINFIELD, IL.

Serving Romeoville, Lockport, Joliet, Shorewood & The Southwest Suburbs of Chicago

If you rely on a heating or cooling system that uses R22 refrigerant, an ozone-depleting substance (ODS), you may be in for a surprise during your next service visit. As of January 1, 2020, production and import of R22 refrigerant will be illegal in the United States. Of course, continued use of your air conditioner (AC) or heat pump system using R22 refrigerant is allowed. However, it does mean that if your AC or heat pump system needs a repair that involves refrigerant, you may have to decide between a big refrigerant bill and a system replacement.

What Refrigerant Is In My Cooling System?

On January 1, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a ban on the production and import of R22, except for continuing servicing needs of existing equipment. The EPA also banned the manufacture and installation of new R22 AC or heat pump systems. As a result, manufacturers of AC and heat pump equipment redesigned their systems to accommodate R410A, a chlorine-free refrigerant.

If your AC or heat pump was built and installed before January 1, 2010, there’s a good chance that it uses R22 refrigerant. Your equipment may have a label that identifies the type of refrigerant type used, but it’s a good idea to ask your licensed professional AC or heat pump dealer for confirmation.

What If My AC or Heat Pump Uses R22?

The ban doesn’t require you to replace a functioning, R22 refrigerant AC or heat pump system. However, as the January 1, 2020 ban date approaches, you may need to evaluate your options if your air conditioning or heat pump system fails or requires emergency repairs. Here are some options:

OPTION #1: REPAIR:

Even though OPTION 1 may sound like an easy fix, the price of R22 refrigerant is subject to shrinking supply. This may make R22 very expensive. While R-22 remains available for servicing equipment made before 2010, it is important to know that supplies of R-22 will become more limited and the price of this refrigerant may increase.

As the supply becomes limited, you may end up paying more for a repair that requires R22 refrigerant than a down payment on a new heat pump or AC system. Just remember that ACs and heat pumps are not designed to consume refrigerant. Refrigerant simply flows through a continuous series of coils. If a technician suspects a leak, they should locate and repair the refrigerant leak instead of simply "topping off" a leaking system.

OPTION #2: REPLACE:

Are you hoping that your AC or heat pump can get through “just one more” season without having to replace it? If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider OPTION 2 instead of putting money into your existing equipment.

At some point, you will need to replace your broken AC or heat pump.  Option #2 allows you to purchase a new heating and cooling system on your schedule, without the urgency of living in a hot or cold house. It also gives you the time to evaluate energy efficiencies, product reviews and potential costs of the latest replacements available. Most likely, there are new features and benefits available today that weren’t available when your current system was installed.

If paying for a new system is a concern, Eagle Air Inc. Heating and Cooling has affordable financing options with low monthly payments. If you qualify, financing may help you fit a new comfort system into your budget without breaking the bank.

Whether you choose Option 1 or 2, you should use the expertise of Eagle Air Inc. Heating and Cooling to provide routine maintenance. Professional maintenance helps your heating and cooling system to operate at its designed efficiency level and alerts you to small, fixable issues before they may become expensive problems.

Option #3: Retrofit:

A proper retrofit requires extensive experience and expertise.  This is commonly referred to as a “drop-in” replacement.  Unfortunately, a bad retrofit and system modification could potentially cost you more than installing a new R410A refrigerant HVAC system.  It is important to work with a true professional like Eagle Air Inc. Heating and Cooling.

Converting Old Ozone Depleting R22 Refrigerant to the New Ozone Friendly Refrigerant

Converting your old ozone depleting R22 refrigerant system to the new engineered R422B ozone friendly replacement refrigerant without replacing the whole cooling system equipment.

With today’s expenses many consumers cannot afford to upgrade their old expensive ozone depleting R22 refrigerant cooling systems to the new R410a ozone friendly refrigerant cooling systems.

Eagle Air Inc. offers an engineered conversion of old R22 refrigerant systems with the new refrigerant blend that replaces the very expensive R22 blend that is no longer manufactured, using the same existing R22 equipment that will accept the new ozone friendly R422b refrigerant.