How To Prepare For The Final Phase-out Of R22

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 or (717)-249-0157.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program

We recently sat down with our distribution center manager in Clayton, NC to discuss what kind of questions she has been receiving regarding our DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program. The following questions are currently the most frequently asked about DynaCycle. We will update this list periodically as the questions change. If you have any questions, that were not covered here, about our DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange program please call or email us at the contact info below.

What cylinders do you accept in the Cylinder Exchange Program? We accept 30lb, 50lb, & 123lb steel cylinders. We also accept our DynaCycle branded composite cylinders.

Do you pay for gas? Yes, we do pay for gas. DynaCycle will issue payments in the form of check or credit, whichever the distributor prefers. To learn about the most recent buyback rates for gas, give us a call: (717) 249-0157

What gases do you accept? We accept all non-flammable HFO, HFC, HCFC, and CFC refrigerants.

How does DynaCycle handle dirty refrigerant, contaminated refrigerant or refrigerant recovered from a burnout?  It is expected that recovery cylinders may contain moisture, air, and oil. This is the reason that the actual net refrigerant contents of a recovery cylinder are usually lower than calculating net weight by subtracting the cylinder’s tare weight from the gross weight of the filled cylinder.

As long as cylinder contents fall within a reasonable range, as indicated below, no disposal charge will be incurred. In the rare case that cylinder contents fall outside this range, a disposal fee will be charged.

Why should we choose DynaCycle over another reclamation program? Unlike many other programs, we are still paying for gas! We also created our program with the help of distributors in the market to ensure that it was the easiest program for them to implement. We know distributors are busy and the last thing they need is unnecessary work. The DynaCycle program is flexible and customized to your business footprint, sends you all the necessary material needed to start the program (see the full list here), supplies EPA compliant reports at no charge, has no shipping costs, requires no obligation to purchase refrigerant or sign up annually, and has no pump-down fees.

Will I get paid for HFC blends such as R410A or R421A? DynaCycle pays $.10/ lb. for 100% pure HFC Blends (such as R421A) that can be identified by a Neutronics refrigerant analyzer. Anything less than 100% purity contains an additional component and is thus considered a mixed gas. It is cost-prohibitive to separate gases with 3 or more components so they must be properly disposed of.

How do we keep our cylinders organized while recovering gas? At DynaCycle we’ve created a cylinder sleeve that leaves you space to fill in your name and what type of refrigerant you are recovering. Use a separate cylinder for each kind of refrigerant. See picture below


For more information on the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program please call (717) 249-0157 or email

What To Do With All That Recovered Refrigerant?

With the cooling season in full swing, chances are you’ve been busy lately. As the season continues, there will be more refrigerant recovered. Did you know you could get paid for all that dirty gas? The DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program accepts all non-flammable HFO, HFC, HCFC and CFC Refrigerants. Let us help you! DynaCycle makes it as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step one: Join

Let us know you are interested in joining the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program. Your DynaCycle representative will work with you to determine the correct product mix for your initial shipment. We’ve got you covered! We ship you everything including empty recovery cylinders, tags, hazmat shipping labels, and shipping containers.

Step two: The Exchange 

Your customers may exchange filled recovery cylinders for empty recovery cylinders of similar type and capacity.  Filled recovery cylinders should then be tagged and placed in the shipping container that was provided by  DynaCycle. You’ll send the full shipping container back to us. We will simultaneously send you another container full of empty recovery cylinders. There are no shipping costs!

Step 3: Get Paid 

DynaCycle will issue payments in the form of check or credit, whichever the distributor prefers. We recommend that distributors share a portion of the program proceeds with their contractor- technician customers in the form of a store credit. This builds loyalty between you and your customers.

For more information on the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program please call (717) 249-0157 or email

Happy World Refrigeration Day

Dynatemp Refrigerants Company is happy to celebrate the first annual World Refrigeration Day. We’ve been in the refrigerant industry for over 36 years and we understand the value and importance that refrigeration plays in our everyday lives. Refrigeration keeps our food from rotting as it is shipped across the country. Refrigeration makes it possible to keep vaccines chilled as they are administered across the world, saving innumerable lives. As the founder of World Refrigeration Day, Stephen Gill pointed out, even the rockets that landed on the moon needed to be temperature controlled in order to be successful. Our industry has saved countless lives, provides comfort, and even keeps the taste of beer consistent and delicious through a refrigerated brewing process. Who doesn’t love that?

Here at Dynatemp we plan to celebrate World Refrigeration Day by listening in on many of the discussions the IOR (Institute of Refrigeration) has planned. For more information discussions and events click here.

We are very proud to be a part of the refrigerant industry, but there is still work to do to ensure the U.S. continues to be seen as a leader in the industry worldwide. Over the past couple of years, the U.S. refrigerant industry has been stuck in a regulation stalemate. Starting with SNAP rules 20 and 21 being vacated, followed by very little progress on any federally mandated HFC phase-downs, and coupled with one-off state by state phase-down regulations, many of us are looking for clarity from the current administration on where refrigerant regulations are going. However, one thing remains clear, we must find and adopt technologies that have a lower global warming potential than the refrigerants and technologies that are widely used today. In the near future, we see HFOs and natural refrigerants as the most likely option for the next phase of refrigerants. Both have lower GWP than HFC’s which are the most widely used today. In addition to those options, there are exciting reports of technologies that could lead us in new directions.

One report came from the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) who worked with the U.S. military to identify 12 NEW non/low-flammable refrigerant blends with a low global warming potential. While there is still more research required to find equally efficient non-flammable, low GWP refrigerants this is a step in the right direction.

There was also a report in Science Daily of Japanese researchers creating a new liquid-to-gas phase transition using a graphene. This technology could make the use of natural refrigerants more widely adopted in the future.

Today is a day to celebrate and spread awareness about the incredible accomplishments of the refrigeration industry around the world. And, there are many. But, let’s continue to request a federally mandated HFC phase-down from this administration. Let’s continue to research lower GWP technologies for the future. The refrigeration industry has always advanced the world for the better. Let’s not stop now.