Valley of the Sun homeowners with older air conditioners’ will soon face a choice that until recently, could have been solved with less expensive options…
The choice of replacing an air conditioner or continually seeking out costly and harder to find R22 refrigerant when their cooling system has suffered a loss of this vital component.
Future availability of R22, which is the standard type of refrigerant used in most residential cooling systems, is rapidly changing. This most common and least expensive refrigerant will soon be phased out. When the phase out is complete in 2020, R22 will no longer be available, although demand may seem endless.
R22 or “Freon” as it’s also known, is an environmental hazard due to its contribution towards the depletion of the ozone layer. 2018 finds us nearing the end of the U.S. government’s well waged restrictions on R22 and has issued requirements that R22 must be removed from use in cooling systems by 2020. At that time it will be illegal to manufacture and/or use R22 in new air conditioning systems. The replacement for R22 is R410a, an environmental safer blend of components which is the current, compliant standard in today’s air conditioning equipment.
This change in refrigerants spells out several options for homeowners with older air conditioners…
Homeowners can continue to use R22 in their existing systems, but it will only be available through after-market purchase…e.g. when it is recovered from salvaged systems.
Prices of R22 have been rising rapidly as of late and will continue to do so as government restrictions increase until 2020. It’s estimated that by the time the phase out is complete, R22 could reach up to a 1500% increase from where it was just 20 years ago.
R22 availability will be limited since it cannot be purchased new. In the event a homeowner needs a recharge in the future, there can be no guarantee that it will be cost effective or even available.
A complete cooling system replacement to an environmentally friendly R410a system may be the most economically sound solution.
Ready Air has an ongoing mission of keeping the residents of Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and the surrounding Valley of the Sun communities cool and their air conditioners operating properly, reliably and efficiently.
Contact Ready Air for more information regarding how these changes in regulation, types of refrigerants used, and new Freon means for you and your family’s indoor comfort investment dollar.