The 2019 R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout in Pennsylvania

Using air conditioning to combat the Pennsylvania summer heat is a no-brainer: but did you know that systems more than 10 years old will likely need a replacement or conversion within the next year? We’re here to explain why, and assist you in any way we can.

As technology advances, cleaner substances replace outdated ones. Recently, the EPA banned further sale and importation of R-22 A/C refrigerant due to its negative impact on the environment and, more specifically, the earth’s ozone layer. But there’s a silver lining to upgrading your old system: you’ll improve your energy efficiency and reduce repair costs, saving you money on your energy bills for years to come!


R-22 FAQs: Get to Know Your Air Conditioner

What does R-22 refrigerant do?

R-22 is the liquid agent that cools the coils of an air conditioner to chill the air in your Pennsylvania home. Air conditioning would be impossible without some type of refrigerant.

Does my air conditioner use R-22?

Most air conditioners manufactured prior to 2010 use R-22 refrigerant, but you can check on your system’s info panel. If you’re still not sure, please feel free to call Eshenaurs and we can send a qualified technician to check for you.

Some (but not all) units that use R-22 can be converted to use a different refrigerant. However, a complete system upgrade will provide greater benefits in the long run, due to their higher AFUE ratings and more efficient electricity usage.

What can I do with my R-22 air conditioner?

We recommend a system replacement, because it will provide more than your other option: attempting a conversion. Here are some of the perks to upgrading your system to a high-efficiency model:

  • Long-term savings on energy and service
  • Reduced negative environmental impact
  • More reliable operation and peace of mind
  • Whisper-quiet operation and ultimate cooling
  • Ductless and central A/C systems available

Book a High-Efficiency A/C Upgrade Today

Contact us for a free quote on your next air conditioner. We have a variety of financing options and will be happy to work with your home and budget to get you the best model available. Thank you for being part of the Eshenaurs family!