Last year we ran a series of blogs about the phase-out of R22 refrigerant and the introduction of R410a, the refrigerant that is replacing R-22. In the time since we published those posts, the government has been attempting to expedite the phase-out by restricting supplies to R-22. As a result of these restricted supplies, the prices for R-22 are on the rise and will make certain air conditioner repairs a lot more expensive this summer. We at Jerry Kelly want to keep you informed about how the rising costs of R-22 might affect you and offer advice on how to best handle it.
R-22 has been the most widely used type of refrigerant in homes across the country for decades. As a result, the rising costs of the refrigerant will affect many homeowners in the St. Louis area.
In 2010, the use of R22 refrigerant was banned in any newly-installed air conditioners. If your home's air conditioner was installed prior to 2010, there is a good chance that it uses R-22 and that the rising costs of the refrigerant will affect you eventually.
That being said, you only need to worry about the rising costs of R-22 when your air conditioner requires more refrigerant. Refrigerant does not go bad with time, and air conditioners that are working properly always maintain the same levels of refrigerant. It's not until your system develops a refrigerant leak (or your system was improperly charged that you'll need more refrigerant.
If you have any questions about the rising prices of R-22 refrigerant, or if you'd like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis HVAC company. We service the St. Louis area and surrounding towns like Clayton, Frontenac and Manchester.