R-22 Phase Out and What to Expect

November 11, 2019

Starting in 2010, Environmental Protection Agency rules halted the manufacturer of air conditioning equipment that uses the refrigerant R-22. Scientists identified R-22, also known as Freon, as a substance that contributed to the depletion of the ozone layer. Older air conditioners using R-22 remain in operation, but repair costs are escalating due to the phase-out of R-22.

Limited Supply Driving up Repair Costs

The law will make the production or importation of R-22 illegal after Jan. 1, 2020. After this date, existing supplies of the refrigerant may still be used to repair equipment manufactured prior to 2010. Without any way to replenish the supply, however, the cost of obtaining R-22 will naturally rise. Because of the premium that the dwindling supply of R-22 will demand, AC replacement might be the more economical option compared to repairs.

Professional AC Installation

The technicians at Renaud Brothers Heating & Cooling in Wentzville, MO, can install modern air conditioners that use alternative refrigerants. Our family-owned company will manage every aspect of AC replacement, including the disposal of old equipment. We guarantee 100% satisfaction for our customers. Customers with approved credit might take advantage of our financing program to replace an old R-22 system.

Find Out the Status of Your AC

If you’re not sure of the age of your air conditioner, an inspection by an AC technician could quickly inform you whether it uses R-22 or not. With price spikes expected on repair costs for aging R-22 AC units, this information will help you plan your next move. If your AC uses R-22, then you might want to start saving for a replacement.

Local Heating and Cooling Specialists

We provide heating and cooling repair, maintenance and installation throughout the Wentzville area. We also service and install indoor air quality equipment like filters and humidifiers. We’ll answer all of your questions and help you compare the cost of repair versus replacement to an energy-efficient system. Contact Renaud Brothers Heating & Cooling today.

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