R-22 Phaseout: How It Impacts You and Your Home

One of Charlotte's most trusted HVAC companies, Charlotte Mechanical, explains the R-22 phaseout and the impact it will have on your air conditioning unit.

One of Charlotte Mechanical’s number one goals is to make sure your home is prepared for the future.

A major change that is happening within the next couple of years is the R-22 phaseout that will impact many homes in Charlotte, maybe even yours!

As one of Charlotte’s most trusted HVAC companies, the team at Charlotte Mechanical wants to teach you about this phaseout and how our team can help you get ready for it.

First of all, what is R-22?

R-22, which is also known as HCFC-22, is a refrigerant used in home air conditioning systems. Basically, it keeps you nice and cold in your home during the brutally hot Charlotte summers.

One of Charlotte's most trusted HVAC companies, Charlotte Mechanical, explains the R-22 phaseout and its impact to your air conditioning unit.

Why is it being phased out?

R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon which is considered by the Environmental Protection Agency as an ozone-depleting substance.

According to the EPA, under the U.S. Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the United States is phasing out the production and import of hydrochlorofluorocarbons.

When will the phaseout start?

U.S. production and import of R-22 will officially end on January 1, 2020.

How do you tell if your A/C unit contains R-22?

A lot of air conditioners have a nameplate on the unit that will tell you what kind of refrigerant it contains.

If my air conditioner takes R-22, what should I do to prepare for the phaseout?

You should start saving to replace your existing HVAC system. There are other options, such as using alternative “drop ins” but we explain the downsides of using those in our R-22 Phaseout Impact section.

Charlotte Mechanical provides free estimates for replacement of your air conditioning unit, even if your existing system is working well it doesn’t hurt to know what an option to upgrade will cost. Our team of experts will also inform you about financing options to help ease the cost of the replacement.

We know dealing with changes to your air conditioning system can be stressful and frustrating, but our team at Charlotte Mechanical will make it as easy and painless as possible for you.

We put together an FAQ page on the R-22 phaseout to help you understand it more.

Schedule an appointment to discuss the R-22 phaseout and what your next steps should be.

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“Jeff Crane and his crew with Charlotte Mechanical recently replaced our old heat pump with a new Amana system.  Everyone on this project was extremely professional and the quality of their installation was most excellent.  Even the county inspector made a comment on the “very nice job” that Jeff and his crew had performed.  I highly recommend Charlotte Mechanical.”