R22 and Your AC

The End of R22 and What it Means to Your AC

In 1987 the U.S. agreed to phase out the production of products that use HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbons). This includes R22, also known as Freon or HCFC-22, which are refrigerants used in many air conditioning systems. By 2010, it was banned in new systems. In 2015, the phase-out of this product began, which limited supply and caused the prices to climb. As of Jan. 1, 2020 R22 is no longer legal to produce or import.

R22 & How it Will Affect Your AC System
(& Your Wallet) in the VERY NEAR Future:

Fact #1: The cost of the R22 is skyrocketing. Costs have increased by over 800%!

Fact #2: A refrigerant leak is a symptom of overall system failure. Even though a leak can be repaired, a new leak is likely to occur. Which means sooner rather than later the system will have to be replaced.

Fact #3: Only remaining supplies are available (and we are having a harder time getting it).

Fact #4: Although you don't have to replace your system RIGHT NOW because it uses R22 - you will have to eventually. Fact is, it is not only the cost of R22 that is going up. We have also experienced several price increases of equipment.

Fact #5: Depending on the condition of your system, you may be able to extend system life and reduce the likelhood of problems with a comprehensive maintenance plan.

How do you know if your system uses R22?

Look for the sticker on the side of the outdoor unit, if it says either R22 or HCFC-22 then it uses this refrigerant and will be affected by the ban (if your system was manufactured after 2010 it will not use this refrigerant).

What can you do if your system uses R22?

#1 Wait and hope your system doesn’t breakdown, knowing you’ll have to replace it later.

#2 Upgrade to a new coolant (there are pros & cons to this option so please talk to us before you do it).

#3 Replace your system with a new, EPA-friendly, high-efficiency system.

#4 Schedule a No-Cost Evaluation. We will come to your home, look over your system, go over your options and provide you with the information you need to make the best decision for your situation. By the way, depending on the condition of your system we may recommend a cost effective maintenance schedule that will help prolong system life.