R22 Refrigerant Price

R22 refrigerant price can vary from location to location. The current average wholesale price for R22 Refrigerant in Chicago Illinois is $600 per 30 pound cylinder!

Illinois is used as an example because being in the Midwest it should be a good barometer for the rest of the country. The wholesale price of R22 refrigerant listed here is not what the end user can expect to pay. The pricing listed in this blog is contractor price & only available when bought in large quantities by licensed  Refrigeration & HVAC Professionals.

The typical end user can expect to pay around $40 dollars a pound for amounts less than 10 pounds of R22 refrigerant. The end user may pay a bit less when needing larger quantities of gas.

The price of R22 refrigerant is on the rise & will continue to increase in price at a rapid rate. R22 has been in the process of phaseout for some time now due to it’s ozone depleting properties. The Montreal Protocol mandates that R22 be 90% phased out by 2015 & 99.5% phased out by 2020.

More details about the R22 Phaseout are listed on the U.S EPA website.

We at Power Technology Chicago know for a fact that there are vast amounts of R22 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning equipment still in service throughout the nation. The time to start thinking retrofit and/or replacement of your R22 refrigeration or air conditioning equipment is now! The longer an equipment owner waits to get away from operating R22 equipment, the more expensive the problem will become.

In the very near future we could see end user prices as high as $60-$70 dollars a pound for small quantities of R22 refrigerant. It’s not a question of if this will happen, but when it will happen. We have seen this price increase in the past with gasses like R12 & R502. At one point the price of R12 went well over $1100 per 30 pound cylinder. There is a big difference between the R12 phaseout & the looming R22 phaseout. The difference is there is way more R22 equipment out there than there ever was R12 units. R22 has been widely used in refrigeration & HVAC applications & was more popular than R12 or R502 ever was. This means there are literally millions of units out there running on the soon to be banned R22 gas.

What can an end user do to get away from using R22 gas? There are several choices & we are here to help you! We do recommend replacing any R22 compressor that fails with a compressor that runs on a different gas. We can help with your equipment upgrades & retrofits including helping size up a selection of high efficiency R404A gas units like the Emerson XJ Condenser & Copeland Scroll K5 Refrigeration Compressor. There are also retrofit options available. There are several gasses on the market designed to replace R22. Our top pick based on ease of retrofit & performance is MO99 gas by DuPont.

5/15/14 Post update: R22 prices have fallen drastically due to loosening regulations by the EPA. We are not sure why they would do this, but wanted to keep our readers informed. Learn more about the R22 price drop in this ACHR News blog post.

For more information please contact us & consider checking out the other blogs related to this subject that are listed below.  Also feel free to leave any thoughts or comments on this blog, thanks!

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  1. Steven Short says:

    My mother-in-laws husband past away a couple years ago and was an HVAC contractor. She has several FULL 30lb R-22 Refrigerent cylinders at there Property. What would you recommend for pricing and who could be contacted. She lives between Antlers, Ok. and Atoka, OK. Any input would be of much help. We are planning on doing an inventory of his Plumbing and Refrigeration tools and supplies. We will be auctioning off the items and it would be nice to know the legalities and such.

    • Mitch Byrne says:

      Great question, thanks! What can someone do with an old stock of R22 refrigerant? Technically this should only be sold to someone holding the proper EPA Refrigerant Handlers Certification License. They should have an actual card that shows their name & license number. For quick sale price out new 30# tanks with original seals on caps at $400 on Ebay or craigslist. See if you get some nibbles. If not, try dropping price gradually until you get more hits. Opened / used tanks of partial quantities will be worth less than new “virgin” unopened tanks. You can probably sell the old equipment you have on the same websites. Good luck & please comment again to let me know how this worked out. Email Mitch @ powertechnology@chicago.com to discuss this sale process & the legal aspect in a bit more detail. Thanks!

  2. I recently inherited a full 30-lb tank of R-22, a set of gauges & a recovery tank. I’m not sure if the tank was previously used, but it is absolutely full. What should I expect to get for all three components? I’d like to have a good starting price before posting to ebay and/or craigslist. I’m in the Pittsburgh area.

    • Mitch Byrne says:

      Hello Kristin! The R22 is more valuable if unopened with original seal on container. If it is unopened you could list it for at least $300. You will not get full price like a supply house. This should only be sold to someone who has the proper EPA licensing. The recovery tank is not worth much as they expire every 5 years & need to be retested. Look for a DOT expiration stamp around collar on top. The gauges & tank are not worth much. Please let me know if you have more questions.

  3. Ben Nightingale says:


    I was just researching R22 costs per lb in Oklahoma and came across your help site. Just wanted to compliment you on helping others with tough questions. Wish there were more professionals out there like you.

    • Mitch Byrne says:

      Thanks for dropping by the blog. Glad to help. I will mention R22 significantly dropped in price recently. I thought it was supposed to be in final phaseout. In most countries it is in scarce supply & extremely expensive. Here in the USA there seems to be a huge new supply that was recently released that has caused a price drop. Apparently the EPA increased R22 allowances recently. Read more about that here. The gas is going for around $250 per tank currently. I still would recommend retrofitting to a newer replacement gas or a system upgrade. It’s better for the environment.

  4. Glad I stumbled on this site.
    Happened to have a nearly full jug of R-22. Converting my place over to a new 410a system, and wondering what the old stuff is worth.

    Great info, someones going to get “a deal”.

  5. Mark Bosco says:

    Thanks for the info. Excellent article!

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