Why is R22 so expensive? Published on August 10, 2017 If you’re finding that servicing your air conditioning equipment is costing you a tad more, you might want to view your present system. More than 25 years ago, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted a plan to gradually 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 imposing damage on the ozone layer. Around 2010, producers of air conditioning systems stopped producing units that use R22. If your air conditioner was made after 2010, you shouldn’t have any challenges. If you think your unit was made prior to 2010, Barlow 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 few recommendations so you can think of questions to find alternative possibilities. What does this mean for you? R22 has become gradually more expensive because of the low production and continual demand. While production is decreased and will be phased out in the next couple years, homeowners in Ogden ought to still have access to reclaimed or recycled refrigerant. However, the price will continue to increase as availability is reduced. The rising price of R22 isn’t going to fade, so it’s probably time to take a look at alternative options to keep your costs down. We can also discuss whether it may be time to look at a newer unit that not only uses R410A, a more environmentally friendly solution for refrigerants, but also touts additional features for greater energy savings and features. If you have concerns or questions about how R22 effects you, the professionals at Barlow Service Experts will happily chat with you about your choices and how to make it through the transition. Give us a call at 801-436-8985 or request an appointment via our convenient online scheduler.