R-22 Phaseout: What You Need To Know

When it comes to the phaseout of R-22, it is important to know the facts. After January 1, 2020 R-22 will still be available through certified reclaimers, like A-Gas! Let us help you guarantee your future R-22 supply today.

  • What is R-22 and who uses it?

    R-22 (also known as Chlorodifluoromethane, Freon, or HCFC-22) is a popular refrigerant most commonly used in residential and commercial air conditioning systems. After January 1, 2020 the production and importation of R-22 refrigerant will be banned in response to the Montreal Protocol.

  • Is it illegal to use R-22 in 2020?

    If you have a system that uses R-22, the EPA will not come knocking on your door. Why? Because R-22 is still LEGAL to use in 2020 and in the future! Though producing in or importing into the US will no longer be allowed, one can produce R-22 outside of the U.S. Many countries will continue to do so for years to come. You are STILL allowed to use recycled, AHRI-700 certified reclaimed R-22 or virgin R-22 sold from existing stockpiles. It is important to understand you are not are not required to stop using R-22 or replace existing systems. R-22 can be used until supply has been depleted.

  • What is reclaimed refrigerant?

    Reclaimed refrigerants are used refrigerants cleaned by means of filtration, distillation, separation or other mechanical processes. Both reclaimed and newly produced refrigerants must meet the same AHRI-700 standards. Reclaimed refrigerants that have passed chemical analysis by an AHRI approved test program are considered equal to “newly produced” grade product.

  • Who buys back used R-22 refrigerant?

    We do! A‑Gas purchases used, recovered, and surplus refrigerants and we offer top dollar. Our proprietary reclamation and separation facilities enable us to clean and return refrigerant back to the supply chain. If you have used CFC’s, HCFC’s, or HFC’s contact us today.

  • Who can supply R-22?

    Only EPA 608 certified technicians may purchase AHRI-700 certified reclaimed product or virgin R-22 from stockpiles. Wholesalers are required to document purchases and are legally responsible to sell only to purchasers who fit the EPA allowed category requirements.

  • How do I remove R-22 from my system?

    As of January 1, 2018 under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, the EPA requires all technicians who, "maintain, service, repair, or dispose of equipment that could release ozone depleting refrigerants into the atmosphere must be certified". This includes removing refrigerant from appliances. Our service sector, Rapid Recovery, has a nationwide network of EPA Section 608 certified technicians that are ready to recover your refrigerant and provide ALL necessary documentation. Click here to learn more! 

2017
13 Million Pound Allowance
2018
9 Million Pound Allowance
2019
4 Million Pound Allowance
2020
No new or imported R-22

More R-22 Resources

Free R-22 Infographic here - print and share! 

R-22 Is Still Legal & Available article here.

A-Gas Refrigerant capabilities here.

R-22 Phaseout guidelines here.

More information regarding EPA Certified Refrigerant Recovery here.