With less than 6 months until the production and import of R22 is banned in the US, recently there has been an increase in fear-based articles about what the future holds. First things first, don’t panic. The industry has been planning for the phase-out of R22 for a long time. There are many R22 alternatives that have very similar properties to R22 and can be used in R22 systems. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for January 1, 2020, the date import and production of R22 is officially banned.
Reclaimed R22 will still be legal. Reclaimed refrigerant is refrigerant that is recovered after use in an appliance and reprocessed back to AHRI-700 purity standards. It is as good as virgin refrigerant. As we get closer to January 1, 2020, it will become more important to recover and reclaim the remaining R22 supply so it can be resold back into the market. If your business recovers R22, now is the time to join a reclamation program because you could be paid for your recovered refrigerant. Click here to learn about the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange program which accepts all non-flammable HFO, HFC, HCFC and CFC refrigerants. When you join a reclamation program, they will take the dirty gas off your hands, pay you for it, clean it, and put it back on the market. Reclaimed R22 will ease the transition as the refrigerant industry completely adopts R22 alternative refrigerants.
There are many R22 alternatives that you can use in the place of R22. All these alternatives have different pros and cons depending on the circumstance you are using them in. For instance, if you are located in one of the many states that currently do or will require a refrigerant with a lower GWP rating, you should consider RS-44b. However, if you are looking for the easiest retrofit, with the most similar P/T chart to R22, 421A is the refrigerant you should choose. Please see the full list of R22 alternatives that Dynatemp Refrigerants Company carries here. These R22 alternatives can be used in R22 systems and come at a much lower price than R22.
Over the next five months, if you want to reserve an inventory of R22 to have on hand for special cases after January 1, 2020, you can still buy it at a decent price. Request a quote here.
While the deadline for the ban of production and import of R22 is fast-approaching, the industry is ready for the transition. With a great deal of R22 alternative options and the ability to use reclaimed R22, we are prepared for the next phase of refrigerants. If you have any questions about which R22 alternative is best for you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717)-249-0157.