R-22 Refrigerant and what you should know:
Prices for R-22 refrigerant, commonly known as “Freon,” have definitely risen over the past few years.
Here’s why: About 25 years ago, the EPA ordered the phasing out of R-22 as part of the international treaty on protecting the ozone layer called the “Montreal Protocol”, because of the refrigerant’s ozone-depleting substances.
As part of the agreement, production ended in 2010 for new air conditioning units “charged” with R-22 and production of the refrigerant itself was reduced by 75 percent. By 2015, there will be a 90 percent reduction in the production of R-22. By 2020, it will no longer be produced at all. Because production is limited, costs to charge existing units that are leaking R-22 refrigerant have gone up and are only expected to rise.
All that said, all homeowners should look at the bigger issue here. If you paid to have R-22 added to your A/C four years ago. Really, R-22 should never need to be replaced. If your system needs R-22, that means you have a leak. Rather than continuing to pay these increased costs to replenish the leaking R-22, we recommend you invest your hard earned dollars to replace the entire system.
The good news is that, if you do invest in a new unit, it will be more environmentally friendly and more energy efficient. You’ll save money on your monthly cooling costs – those long-term savings can really add up – plus you can take advantage of federal Energy Star tax credits and local state credits. To read more about energy credits, go to: http://www.goodmanmfg.com/ResidentialProducts/FederalTaxCredits/tabid/1461/Default.aspx