Refrigerant Prices Are Rising — Time To Retire That Aging Air Conditioner?

Did you just get socked with a higher-than-normal maintenance bill for your air conditioner due to rising refrigerant prices? Here’s the reason why: R-22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, is a type of hydrochlorofluorocarbon and the refrigerant most older air conditioners need to function. Unfortunately, R-22 contributes to ozone depletion and, as a greenhouse gas, global warming.

Mandated by the Montreal Protocol in 1987, the Environmental Protection Agency, through the Clean Air Act, must phase out all use of R-22 by 2020. In 2010, chemical companies ceased production of R-22 in favor of more environmentally friendly products such as R-407C and R-422. Therefore, supplies of R-22 are becoming scarce, and HVAC companies must contain, reclaim and recycle old Freon to keep older air conditioners working; thus the higher refrigerant prices.

Older air conditioners can be retrofitted to accept the new types of refrigerants, but this must be done by technicians who are EPA-certified to handle refrigerants because each type is only approved for a specific type of system. Since refrigerant prices will continue to rise whether or not R-22 is new or recycled, homeowners with older systems should start taking this factor into consideration when it comes time to repair or replace their air conditioners.

If your system is aging and in need of another costly repair, the better solution may be to bite-the-bullet now and buy new equipment that uses a safer refrigerant.

That said, high refrigerant prices don’t need to be a source of high anxiety. If you’re in the San Antonio area, let the Beyer Boys help you decide what’s best for your air conditioner. Our certified technicians can provide the advice and service you need to keep your family comfortable for years to come. Contact us today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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