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R-22 Buyback Program

R-22 Buyback Program

July 6, 2021 | Cooling

Did you know that the production of R-22 (also known as “Freon”) became illegal in 2020?

Right now, R-22 is being phased out of HVAC systems due to its harmful effects on the ozone layer. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has permanently banned R-22 production, effective January 1, 2020.

R-22 Buyback Program

This “Freon Ban” is a component of the “Montreal Protocol”, a proactive plan developed in 1987 by several nations to combat and prevent damage to the ozone layer. The primary motivation of the “Montreal Protocol” was a plan to eliminate harmful synthetic chemicals known to cause irreversible damage to the ozone layer. The phasing out of R-22 has been done incrementally since the signing of the “Montreal Protocol”, with the most notable changes taking place between 2020-2030.

Starting in 2020, all production and importation of R-22 became illegal in response to this new global agreement. This means that all commercial and residential service providers are now fully reliant on recycled or repurposed R-22 to refill and maintain older systems. As a result, should a unit begin to develop a leak, it will not be as simple– or as cost effective — of a repair as it may have been before.

While Mattex can continue to service your equipment, the availability of R-22 will become increasingly limited and costly over time, as service providers are now entirely dependent upon recycled R-22. Owners of HVAC systems that require R-22 to operate are strongly encouraged to upgrade their equipment as soon as possible to avoid potential service disruptions.

If your current HVAC system utilizes R-22, Mattex wants to help you upgrade your equipment through our R-22 buyback program! To learn more about if you’re eligible for Mattex’s R-22 buyback program, call 217-355-9700 or schedule your FREE consultation with a Comfort Consultant today.