Why is R22 so expensive? Published on August 10, 2017 If you’re noting that servicing your air conditioning equipment is costing you a tad more, you may want to check your present system. More than 25 years ago, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a plan to incrementally decrease production of R22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, leading to zero production by 2020. The ban was put into place due to the harm that R22, which is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) chemical, was inflicting damage on the ozone layer. Around 2010, producers of air conditioning systems stopped producing units that utilize R22. If your air conditioner was produced after 2010, you shouldn’t encounter any challenges. If you think your air conditioner was produced prior to 2010, Service Experts can help you determine if it employs R22 refrigerant to cool the air. If it does, we can help you with a few recommendations so you can think of questions to determine alternative choices. What does this mean for you? R22 has become gradually more expensive as a result of the reduced production and ongoing demand. While production is minimal and will be phased out in the next few years, homeowners in Salt Lake City should still have access to reclaimed or recycled refrigerant. However, the price will continue to rise as availability is reduced. The rising price of R22 isn’t going to change, so it’s probably time to look in to alternative options to keep your costs down. We can also discuss whether it could be time to consider a newer unit that not only uses R410A, a more environmentally friendly solution for refrigerants, but also touts additional features for increased energy savings and features. If you have concerns or questions about how R22 effects you, the experts at Service Experts will happily chat with you about your possibilities and how to make your way through the transition. Give us a call at 801-871-8425 or request an appointment via our convenient online scheduler.