Why the Cost of Freon Keeps Rising
If you recently had your air conditioning system checked out and it needed a charge of Freon (also known as R22 refrigerant), you might have heard yourself gasp over the quoted price.
Well, if you plan on keeping your pre-2010 system for any length of time, that gasping sound will likely increase in intensity.
Freon is Being Phased Out.
The Clean Air Act of 1990 formulated a plan to phase out R22 refrigerant by the year 2020 due to its harmful effects on our environment. Both the production of R22 and its release into the atmosphere cause damage to the ozone layer, a problem the EPA is working to eliminate. R410a, the new cooling agent, is safe for the atmosphere and the ozone layer.
So, as of 2010, all new central AC systems were manufactured with Freon’s eco-friendly replacement, R410a instead of R22.
But there are still plenty of pre-2010 central AC systems in operation, possibly even yours. If so, and you’ve recently had a refrigerant charge, you no doubt paid much more than you did before the new regulations took effect. And, new supplies of Freon haven’t been manufactured since 2009, it’s becoming increasingly harder to obtain, and increasingly more expensive – assuming you can and that’s assuming you can find an HVAC contractor who has any in stock.
Come 2020, Freon will no longer be available at any price. What does that mean to you? It means that if you have an aging Freon-based system that’s starting to show its age, you might want to consider replacing it now waiting for your system to fail, and then suddenly system replacement is forced upon you. By taking the time to weigh your options now, you’re bound to get a better deal than you would when acting in a hurry.
For more information or to request a free new system estimate, contact Correct Temp today. We’ll do everything we can to help you enjoy consistently reliable and affordable indoor comfort.