Why is R-22 Refrigerant so Expensive Now?

Phaseout of Ozone-Depleting Substances

U.S. government has placed restrictions on how much refrigerant can be produced and by 2020 will no longer be produced. As the amount of R-22 refrigerant that's available dwindles down, the cost of the refrigerant begins to skyrocket. So what should I do? If you have replaced or upgraded your system in the past few years, more than likely, you are not going to be affected at all. For those of you with older HVAC systems in your homes, repairs could become quite costly. So what are your options? If your system is running fine, with no problems, then you really have nothing to worry about.

If your air conditioner has needed to have refrigerant added that means your system had a leak – refrigerant should never need to be replaced. If your air conditioner currently uses R-22 refrigerant, you should start to think about replacing it with a new air conditioner and evaporator coil that uses one of the EPA-approved refrigerants like R410a (the refrigerant of choice for new air conditioners). The nice thing about air conditioners that use R410a is that they operate more efficiently than systems that use R22. So not only will you avoid the high costs of replenishing your current system with R22, but you will also save money on operating costs.​

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