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2020 January Newsletter

R22 Refrigerant

At Hamstra Heating and Cooling, we have always taken pride in keeping our clients informed regarding changes to the HVAC industry that may affect the serviceability of their equipment.

Over the past few years, the major topic has been the phaseout of R22 refrigerant (freon). Recently, there has been a lot of information shared through many media outlets regarding the R22 phase out. Some good and some bad. Here are the facts:

What is R22?

  • R22 (or HCFC-22) is a refrigerant that has been in use dating back to 1935. In 2010 the EPA mandated a systematic phase out of this refrigerant due to its supposed ozone depleting and inefficient characteristics.

When is this phase out anticipated?

  • As of January 1, 2020, R22 cannot be imported or manufactured in the US.

Is R22 illegal?

  • Yes and No. While it is illegal to import and manufacture, it is not illegal to possess or operate a system utilizing this refrigerant.

How do I know if my system is R22?

  • If your system was manufactured and installed prior to 2010, there is a good possibility that it may utilize R22.
  • Check the label – If visible, your system should have a notation on the label of the type of refrigerant being used
  • Contact us – If you are a regular Choice Service Club client, we can check our records and help determine if your system utilizes R22.

How does this affect you?

  • Systems using R22 will continue to become more expensive and challenging to repair.
  • Potential continued increase in cost of R22 due to diminishing supply.

What are your options?

  • You can continue to operate your system as normal, knowing at some point you may have to choose between a hefty repair bill or system replacement.
  • Be proactive and upgrade your older system to a new, more efficient system on your terms.

We have the utmost confidence in our team to help you determine what option is best for you!

Hamstra in the Community


On March 7th from 6PM – 10PM, Hamstra Helping Hands will host a Card and Cars game night, benefiting Parent Aid.

Parent Aid and Hamstra have worked closely for many years and we are excited to co-host this awesome event to benefit their cause.The evening will be full of cards, cars, food, and plenty of fun.

For more information check out our event on the Hamstra Helping Hands Facebook or send us an email at

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Upcoming Tucson Events


January 2-5, 2020: Fun in The Sun Trap Shoot
January 3-5, 2020: Arizona State Home Show
January 4-10, 2020: Oro Valley Kids Concert Series
January 11-13, 2020: UArizona Presents: Maceo Parker & His Big Band
January 11, 2020: Whiskey and Wine in The Old West
January 11, 2020: Beyond: Together We Move
January 11, 2020: The Temptations At The Diamond Center
January 19, 2020: Dillinger Days


February 1-16, 2020: Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossel Showcase
February 5-9, 2019: Tubac Festival of the Arts
February 8 – March 29, 2020: 32nd Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival
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February 14-16, 2020: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo
February 15-23, 2020: 95th La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros – Tucson Rodeo
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February 20, 2020: Tucson Rodeo Parade
February 23 – March 1, 2020: Cologuard Classic-PGA Tour Champions in Tucson


March 7-8, 2020: AZ Opera: Riders of the Purple Sage
March 14, 2020: Tour de Cookie Cycling Event
March 14-15, 2020: Tucson Festival of Books
March 15, 2020: Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon
March 20-22, 2020: 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair
March 21-22, 2020: Wa:k Pow Wow
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March 24-29, 2020: Broadway in Tucson: A Bronx Tale