Users' questions

Is R22 refrigerant still legal?

Is R22 refrigerant still legal?

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.

Can you sell R22 without a license?

Trying to sell the refrigerant R-22, which is illegal to sell without proper credentials and training under federal law. You can’t sell it on CL. You can’t sell it PERIOD without the proper credentials.

Is R22 a Class 1 refrigerant?

They are less harmful to the ozone than CFC’s, but they are still harmful. R-22 is a Class II controlled substance or ozone depletion substance (ODS). This is why R-22 has been on a gradual phase out since 2013.

Is the R22 refrigerant being phased out by the EPA?

Yes, R22 is already phased out. There are a few ways to get around this, however. If you want to find out how you can still get R22, or R22 replacement refrigerants, then you are going to want to check this out or just keep reading! R22 was scheduled to be completely phased out by the EPA by January 1, 2020. Is R22 already phased out?

What to do if your air conditioner has r-22a in it?

If you believe R-22a or another hydrocarbon refrigerant was introduced into your air conditioner, EPA recommends that you contact your local fire department for guidance. New refrigerant recovery equipment that has been designed and approved for use with flammable refrigerants is now available. You may also report a violation of EPA’s regulations.

Can a contractor buy R-22 refrigerant from a supply shop?

Some supply shops still offer an extremely limited supply of recycled R-22 refrigerant to contractors. Though, it is important to note that only contractors or technicians with a valid 608 certification can purchase R-22 refrigerant. In most cases, customers are much better off retrofitting their system to an R-22 replacement refrigerant.

Why is r-22a considered to be flammable?

Because R-22a is flammable, it can burn or explode if there is enough product concentrated in one space and the refrigerant comes in contact with an ignition source.