03 Jul An Antidote to R-22 Refrigerant Sticker Shock
Since January 2012 the price of R-22 refrigerant has risen to as much as 400%. This is bad news for many homeowners using older systems that use this refrigerant. According to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America:
“The U.S. EPA controls the production and import of R-22 refrigerant. They set limits on how much can be produced and imported each year, but they failed to set limits for 2012. Until the EPA sets these limits, manufacturers must produce 45% less R-22 refrigerant than they did last year.
This creates uncertainty in the marketplace and the manufacturers have increased their prices.”
What does this mean for you? It means that lack of supply with a large demand will drive the cost of freon up significantly. The cost, as a matter of fact, may increase by more than 200%.
New air conditioners no longer use R-22, but an estimated 80% of air conditioners in operation do. If you own one of these units, you have three options:
1. Keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape. ACs typically don’t require you to add refrigerant. Yearly maintenance will help keep the unit running smooth and reduce the likelihood of it leaking.
2. It is possible to upgrade your AC to use the newer 410A refrigerant, but this often time requires replacing expensive parts and might not make economic sense.
3. Along with using the new refrigerant 410A, a new air conditioner has better efficiency ratings, which saves you money in the long run.
Haley Mechanical is offering an amazing deal to make your upgrade more affordable. If you purchase and install a new air conditioner before August 31, 2012, we’ll give you a trade in on your old A/C of $300 plus an additional 5% off the cost of a new unit. Remember that financing is available!
If you’re interested, give us a call at 734-424-9170 and schedule an appointment today!