R-22 Phaseout

October 1st, 2009

According to various tests issued and overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), HCFC-22 (also called R-22) is considered to be an ozone-depleting substance.   While other current and future tests may conclude R-22 to be safe for the environment, since the mid 90’s, the EPA has produced an international effort to regulate and phase out the production and use of all ozone-depleting refrigerants, which includes R-22. As a result of the EPA’s regulation and phase out of R-22, the HVAC industry has generally accepted the use of R-410A as a replacement for R-22.