Why is R22 so expensive? Published on August 10, 2017 If you’re noticing that servicing your air conditioning equipment is costing you a little more, you may want to check your current system. More than 25 years ago, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a plan to slowly lower production of R22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, concluding with zero production by 2020. The ban was put into place due to the harm that R22, which is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) chemical, was imposing damage on the ozone layer. Around 2010, makers of air conditioning systems stopped producing units that utilize R22. If your air conditioner was created after 2010, you shouldn’t need to worry about any challenges. If you think your unit was made prior to 2010, Service Experts can help you figure out if it uses R22 refrigerant to cool the air. If it does, we can help you with a couple recommendations so you can think of questions to determine alternative choices. What does this mean for you? R22 has become progressively more expensive because of the low production and ongoing demand. While production is decreased and will be phased out in the next couple years, homeowners in Provo should still have access to reclaimed or recycled refrigerant. However, the price will continue to go up as availability decreases. The rising price of R22 isn’t going to fade, so it’s probably time to check out alternative possibilities to keep your costs down. We can also talk about whether it might be time to consider a newer unit that not only uses R410A, a more environmentally friendly solution for refrigerants, but also offers additional features for greater energy savings and features. If you have concerns or questions about how R22 could impact you, the experts at Service Experts will happily chat with you about your choices and how to make your way through the change. Give us a call at 801-396-0637 or request an appointment via our convenient online scheduler.