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Why the Cost of R-22 Refrigerant has Increased this Year

The price of R-22 refrigerant has skyrocketed in the last few months. Due to government regulations to phase out the production of ozone depleting chemicals, like Freon, production has continued to decrease and has caused costs to skyrocket. R-22 refrigerant is four times more expensive than it was just six months ago and is expected to continue to increase significantly.

Due to this, A/C contractors have bought it at an alarming rate and supplies have declined greatly. This has forced some vendors across the country to limit the amount of R-22 contractors can purchase in a month.

As the cost of R-22 rises, the cost of the new replacement Freon, R410a continues to drop. It is simple economics of supply and demand.

Federal regulations have called for a 90% reduction of production of R-22 by 2015 and to be completely obsolete by 2020. What this means to consumers is outrages freon related repair costs and eventually no choice but to replace their HVAC equipment.

Most air conditioners manufactured before 2010 uses the old R-22 refrigerant.
While a R-410a unit can just as easily develop a leak as an R-22 unit can, from vibration, rust, stress cracks, etc, the cost to replace R-410a is a fraction of R-22.

As a home owner you need to keep a few things in mind. If you are in the market for an air conditioner do not let any contractor convince you that an R-22 unit is a good idea. They get around the law by shipping them with no refrigerant in them and classify them as a “part”. These “dry charged” units may be cheaper initially, but in a very short time frame you will be forced to upgrade to an R-410a system.
If your unit is 11 years old or older, you should start planning for an upgraded system. You can decide when to replace your system or your system will decide for you by breaking down when you least expect it!

If you have a slow leak in an R-22 system and have to add Freon every year or sooner, consider the cost of continuing to add Freon that is climbing in price. That money could be going towards a new high efficiency unit that will start saving you money on your utility bills the day it’s installed.

Should you need help deciding if it’s time to replace your current A/C unit and want an honest opinion, you can count on Cool Touch to assist you. Our experienced, professionally trained technicians will be able to determine which choice makes sense for you and your home and will go over all options with you. Call us today 623-584-3762.

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