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This Could Be Your Last Chance to Avoid a Costly Refrigerant Charge

- 5:16 pm - June 15th, 2019


It’s been a long time coming! R-22, a refrigerant that has been 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 R-22 phase-out.

What does this mean for homeowners using AC equipment that utilizes R-22 refrigerant? It means that standard AC refrigerant charges will become more costly over time. Take the appropriate measures to avoid paying too much for your AC’s upkeep and 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.

How do I Get Started?

Talk to us right away if you’re still using an air conditioning system that utilizes R-22 refrigerant and want to make the switch before your system breaks down mid-summer and you end up with larger-than-normal service charges.

The good news is that Tracey Energy works with the top manufacturers of both ductless mini-split and central air conditioning systems! Call or contact us online for more information on these changes, or for help picking out your new AC system.

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