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It’s been in the works for quite some time now, and R-22 – a refrigerant used in air conditioning systems that predate 2010 and have been found to cause harm to the ozone layer when released into the atmosphere – is in the final stages of EPA’s phase-out.
Why are we telling you this? Because homeowners using AC equipment that still utilizes R-22 refrigerant could be coming face-to-face with increasing upkeep costs for their air conditioning systems, especially when it comes to refrigerant charges!
Be sure you take the appropriate steps to avoid paying too much for your AC’s upkeep! Keep reading to learn more.
When is R-22 being phased out?
Soon! The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had ruled that as of January 1, 2020, R-22 will be phased out completely, no longer allowing any importing or producing of the refrigerant beyond that date.
Why Are Prices Increasing?
As the supply of R-22 refrigerant decreases, the price to repair and recharge an air conditioning system that utilizes R-22 increases and will likely continue to do so until January 1, 2020, when R-22 is no longer unavailable throughout the US.
What is the Best Option?
The most effective way to escape rising R-22 prices is by upgrading to a modern air conditioning system that utilizes a safer refrigerant known as R-410A, which is more efficient and more environmentally friendly. Since R-22 refrigerant stopped being used in equipment manufactured after 2010, an upgrade will also help lower energy costs as these systems are nearly a decade old.
At Parker Oil Company, we’re on your team! We don’t want our customers paying more than they have to for their air conditioning system maintenance – so be sure to update your equipment soon, and count on us for all of your equipment servicing needs!