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U.S. Refrigerant Phase Out Chart & Info

In the United States, hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants are being slowly phased out from production or being importing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still allows many of these types of HCFCs refrigerants to be used in repairs or retrofitting. However, without new production, the cost is becoming more expensive to purchase these refrigerants and any of their subsequent service equipment. Below a refrigerant phase out chart that outlines what's already been halted and what events are coming soon.

Phase-Out ActionYear
R22 and R142b refrigerants can't be produced or imported except for equipment manufactured before Jan. 1, 20102010
Remaining HCFC refrigerants can't be produced or imported except for equipment manufactured before Jan. 1, 20202015
R134a, R404a and R507a can't be used on medium temp retail refrigeration units less than 2,200 BTU/hour2019
R134a, R404a and R507a can't be used on medium temp retail refrigeration units equal to or more than 2,200 BTU/hour2020
R134a, R404a and R507a can't be used on low temp retail refrigeration units2020
R22 and R142b can't be produced or imported with any exceptions2020
R134a can't be used in the AC on light-duty motor vehiclesModel year 2021
R404a and R507a refrigerants can't be used on retail or household refrigeration, retail food processing units and dispensing equipment2021
R134a, R404a and R507a can't be used on centrifugal and positive displacement chillers2024
Remaining HCFC refrigerants can't be produced or imported with any exceptions2030

Other Helpful Refrigerant Resources

Need some help learning about potential alternatives and other details? Below are some additional charts and articles we have on HCFC refrigerants.

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