Elkhorn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. • Elkhorn Electric, Inc.

Residential & Commercial

Heating Air Conditioning Electrical • Ventilation Refrigeration

Serving the Denver, Colorado Metro area

Office: 303-975-8809
3869 Norwood Dr., Suite 9
Littleton, CO 80125
info@ ElkHVAC.com

R-22 Phase Out

Your Questions Answered.

Many of you may have heard about the phasing-out of R-22, the refrigerant used for air-conditioning and heat pump systems. Unfortunately for the environment, release of R-22 due to system leaks contribute to ozone depletion. (Keep in mind that properly installed home comfort systems rarely develop refrigerant leaks). As part of an agreement with the Clean Air Act, to end production of HCFCs, (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), R-22 will be phased out over the next several years. We realize that many homeowners may be confused about current refrigerants. We're here to inform you about the eventual elimination of R-22 and what this means to you.

The Clean Air Act prohibits any refrigerant's release into the atmosphere during installation, service or retirement of air conditioning systems and heat pumps. Therefore, R-22 must be recovered and recycled, reclaimed or destroyed. It is expected that reclamation and recycling will ensure the extension of existing supplies so they'll be available to service current systems. Existing systems using R-22 can continue to be serviced with R-22, and technicians who repair leaks to your system will continue to charge R-22 into the system as part of that repair.This transition away from R-22 will be smooth and R-22 should be accessible for all systems for many years.

There are a few things you can do for the environment, regardless of the refrigerant used. Select a reputable dealer, like us that employs service technicians who are EPA-certified to handle refrigerants. Also, consider purchasing an energy-efficient system — which can result in cost savings to you.

You should always consider energy efficiency — along with performance, reliability and cost — when making your comfort system decision. We're here to answer your questions or you can visit www.epa.gov for more information about R-22. Creating a healthy home and environment for you and your family is our goal.