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Why is R-22 Refrigerant so Expensive?

It’s hot weather season in GA, which means some air conditioners need refrigerant added. If you have a system that is 10 years or older, it may use a refrigerant called R-22, which is very expensive. We’re here to help you understand why.

  1. R-22 is being phased out of production by the EPA. It was identified several years ago as a refrigerant that is depleting the earth’s ozone layer, therefore the production and use of R-22 is gradually being phased out.

  2. The production of R-22 will stop completely in 2020. 2019 is the last year that this refrigerant will be produced. The amount that can be produced has been lowered over the last several years, and now, we’re in the final year of production.

  3. Because there is a limited supply of R-22 it is a very expensive refrigerant to use, and the cost will continue to rise until it’s completely gone.

What does this mean for you?

First, if you aren’t sure if you have a system that uses R-22, you need to look on the data plate located on your unit to see if R-22 is listed.

Second, if your system DOES use R-22, you need to understand that the cost of this refrigerant will continue to increase each time you need some added to your system. You also need to be aware that some vendors are trying to sell alternatives, but we want you to be aware that there is no substitute that is safe and approved for R-22. If you use a substitute, you’re risking decreased capacity to your system, possible permanent damage, and fire. We DO NOT recommend or use substituted for R-22.

Third, you may want to consider replacing your system with a new, more efficient system that does not use R-22. Stanfield would be happy to discuss your budget and needs, and provide you with a quote for a new system.

Call or click today to find out what your options are. 706-548-5867.


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