R-22 cylinders are becoming more difficult to find. The EPA phase-out has been underway for the last few years on R-22 and will come to an end in January 2020. We offer several major brands of R-22 in the 30 lbs. cylinders, including Weitron,Honeywell Genetron, DuPont (Chemours), Forane Refrigerants.
Please note, you must fill out our EPA Form when purchasing this product. For wholesalers check the box for wholesaler resale, and all others provide your 608 license.
R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), a type of colorless gas that can be used as a propellant and refrigerant.
Used in all types of cooling systems including residential and vehicle air conditioning systems, R22 essentially removes heat from a space that’s been sucked into a heat pump, allowing cooled air to escape.
While many types of chemicals impact the health of our ozone layer, HCFCs are known to be especially destructive. Research has revealed that R22 is not only one of the worst depletors of the ozone layer, but it is also a greenhouse gas more than 1,800 times more powerful than carbon in warming the planet.
The United States Clean Air Act and the international Montreal Protocol have put forth guidelines to end production of R22, only allowing it in limited amounts to be reclaimed from the air.
Since 2012, the price of R22 has risen by well over 300 percent, meaning it’s becoming prohibitively expensive for air conditioning services—and eventually consumers—to replace in air conditioning units.
This is a common question and some use the phase-out improperly to convince people to get a new system. Yes, you can still buy it for years to come! It will no longer be manufactured but there is plenty in inventory. Supply will diminish over time and the prices will likely rise. We suggest buying while the price remains low.
The refrigerant used in your home air conditioner is typically listed on the unit’s nameplate. For central air conditioners, the nameplate is usually on the outdoor condenser. If there is no nameplate, check your owner’s manual or contact the person or company that sold or services your air conditioner. If you know the manufacturer and model number, you could also call the manufacturer or check its website.