Last month, a ruling was made that significantly reduced the amount of R22 air conditioner refrigerant (commonly referred to as Freon) that is allowed to be produced going forward. This ruling will have significant effects on the cost of certain air conditioner repairs, and we want to make sure that our customers know how it might affect them. Today we're going to talk about the purpose behind the recent R22 ruling and what you should do if you are one of the homeowners who might be impacted by it.
What are the details of the new R22 ruling?
R22 (Freon) has been the most commonly used type of refrigerant in residential air conditioners for many years. Although R22 is effective for cooling our homes, it has some serious negative side effects when it comes to the environment.
That's why, in 1992, the EPA began phasing out the manufacturing of R22 refrigerant. Just last month, a new ruling was made that restricted the production of R22 to the lowest amount yet.
How does the R22 ruling affect homeowners?
The effects that the R22 ruling will have on homeowners comes down to simple supply and demand. As the amount of R22 that's available dwindles down, the cost of the refrigerant begins to skyrocket. In fact, the ruling that was made last week instantly increased the cost of R22 refrigerant.
Because R22 is becoming so expensive, the costs for repairing refrigerant leaks in air conditioners that use Freon is also becoming very expensive. In fact, if you need to recharge your air conditioner with Freon, it might make more financial sense to install a new air conditioner instead that uses a cheaper and more environmentally friendly refrigerant.
What should you do if your system currently uses R22 refrigerant?
If your air conditioner currently uses R22 refrigerant, you should start to think about replacing it with a new air conditioner that uses one of the EPA-approved refrigerants like R410a (the refrigerant of choice for new air conditioners). The nice thing about air conditioners that use R410a is that they operate more efficiently than systems that use R22. So not only will you avoid the high costs of replenishing your current system with R22, but you'll also save money on operating costs.
We know that the heating season has started, so air conditioning might be far from your mind. However, it's typically best to replace your furnace and air conditioner at the same time, so now would be a great time to equip your home with a brand new furnace that can keep you warm this winter as well!
If you have any questions about the effects of the recent R22 ruling, or if you'd like a heating and cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Charles, MO, furnace and air conditioner contractor. We provide service all over the St. Louis area, including towns like Clayton, Cottleville and Creve Coeur, MO.
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