It has been more than a decade since the start of the gradual phase out of the HVAC refrigerant R22. At the beginning of this year, the phase-out was completed, and now the product is no longer being manufactured in the United States. So, what does all this mean for you?
If you have an older air conditioner, we, at Bruce’s, can still obtain parts for it and currently can still obtain R22 from our vendors. Interestingly, some vendors are actually reclaiming refrigerant from older systems for the purpose of resale. But the larger question is, how long will R22 be available?
While we don’t have an exact answer for you, we can tell you with confidence that there is volatility in the price of R22 due to the very clear supply and demand issue. And ultimately, your best option is to replace your older R22 unit with a newer model that uses the new R410a refrigerant. Not only is a new air conditioner far more efficient, it is better for the environment.
Are you on the fence about replacing your tried and true air conditioner? We suggest you ask yourself the following questions:
- How long will you be in your home?
- What is the cost of any needed air conditioning repairs?
- What is the cost of a new unit?
- If you’ll be selling your home, could a new system increase its value?
- What’s your current budget?
Based on your answers, you will likely determine whether or not now is the right time to purchase an air conditioner that uses the new, more environmentally-sound refrigerant. Want to learn more about R22 or get a quote on a new air conditioner? Call Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652. We have answers to help you with this, and all your HVAC-related decisions.