Forane® R-22 Retrofits
An Overview of R-22 Retrofits
The refrigerant R-22, long an HVACR industry staple, is being phased out over the next decade. In accordance with the Montreal Protocol, the use of R-22 for new systems was banned January 1, 2010. Under the EPA's Allocation Rule, the manufacturing of R-22 for servicing of existing equipment also was dramatically reduced. HCFC refrigerant production levels will continue to decrease over the next several years, until 2020. As of January 1, 2020, the manufacturing of R-22 for aftermarket service will cease (see Table 1).
For more information, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.
EPA HCFC Phaseout
2011 Final Ruling
|TABLE 1: R-22 PHASE-OUT TIMELINE|
|2010||Ban on New Systems Containing R-22|
75% Cut in HCFC Production
|2011-2014||R-22 Production Continues to Decrease Each Year|
|2015-2019||90% Cut in HCFC Production|
|2020||R-22 Production for Service Market Ceases|
|After 2020||R-22 Service May Continue Using Existing Supplies|
EPA projections suggest a possible supply deficit over the next several years, with R-22 demand potentially exceeding allowable production levels. Efforts to recover/reclaim R-22 as well as retrofit suitable systems need to increase to ensure adequate refrigerant supply throughout this transition. It is important to note that this is not a use ban. R-22 equipment may still be serviced and used after 2020. For more information on our Reclaim Program, please visit our website at www.foranereclaim.com.