While the HVAC industry quit making heating and cooling units using R 22 over 6 years ago, there are still a number of HVAC systems that use it.
You can’t lean back in your chair, enjoy the air conditioning and turn on the TV or the internet without being bombarded about the election in 2020. While I realize that this could be a pivotal time in our country’s history, I am already sick of hearing about it over and over and over again. It blows my mind enough that it is actually almost 2020. That seems like some sort of science fiction date in my brain. 2020 seemed like such a very long way away. Now it’s here. There will definitely be a lot to consider during 2020. Those political decisions will be incredibly important and should be treated thusly. However, there is another issue looming in 2020. And, this issue will hit some people right in the face on the very first day of the year. It has nothing to do with politics really. The issue is all about HVAC. The first day of 2020 marks the date when R 22 refrigerant will be illegal to manufacture in the United States. It’s been coming for like 7 years and most folks have no idea. While the HVAC industry quit making heating and cooling units using R 22 over 6 years ago, there are still a number of HVAC systems that use it. The vast majority of those are residential units that are old and outdated. But, many of them are still going and it’s understandable that some homeowners find themselves in a pickle. If you own an HVAC unit that still uses R 22, you better stockpile that stuff or be prepared to pay through the nose to obtain it. It’s that or replace those old units with vastly more efficient and eco friendly HVAC models.