Ask Your Question

Angie's List Answers is the trusted spot to ask home improvement and health questions and get answers from service companies, health providers and consumers. For ratings and reviews on companies in your area, search Angie's List.

 
 
or
Top 30 Days Experts
Rank Leader Points*
1 LCD 8315
2 Member Services 5960
3 ContractorDon 1105
4 BayAreaAC 300
5 the new window man 255
6 Roofman1 200
7 Jefferson 160
8 sooty 150
9 SalisburySam 130
10 Dpolican 120

*Updates every 4 hours

Browse Projects By Category

Question DetailsAsked on 6/5/2013

what is the price of r22 refrigerant per pound

my ac was recharged and I was charged $100/pound. That sounds way high.

Do you have the same question? Follow this Question


6 Answers

0
Votes

R22 is skyrocketing in price , as the Phase out continues. We are at $60 per pound,including the labor time. I heard others charging $90 to $110, here in Florida.


So, $100, for your area may not be out of line, especially if it includes the labor time spent.

Source: www.bayareacool.com

Answered 1 year ago by BayAreaAC

0
Votes

We are charging $45 per pound plus what ever labour is needed for the repair. So if it is including labour and it was only $100 then it is probably a good deal. Not sure how you charge for refrigerant and labour in the same line on a invoice. You can add 10 lbs of refrigerant in less than an hour. But I Canadian so maybe things are different up here.

Answered 1 year ago by ylekiyot

0
Votes

thanks for the two answers. I was not charged separately for labor, but was told it will cost $100/lb of R22. The technician put in 6lbs of R-22 and charged me $600 for it (there was an additional charge for inspecting the system). The whole charging process took about 15/20 minutes. Does the $600 charge seem excessive? The technician was very polite and thorough but I want to know if the cost seems reasonable.

Answered 1 year ago by Guest_9976822

0
Votes

Our price declines after the first pound, as the first pound includes time to get set up. Since you needed 6 lbs, I'd be concerned about the size of the leak, and spending $600 without fixing the leak, more then the cost per pound. Cost do vary greatly around the country, so hard to say from here in Florida.


I'm asssuming the system wasn't working when you called them,true? Did they offer to repair the leak?

Source: www.bayareacool.com

Answered 1 year ago by BayAreaAC

0
Votes

You can read about the shortage causing prices to soar by googling this search phrase - "R22 refrigerant cost".

Because Freon production is being phased out by 2020 (by EPA regulation) and manufacturers are stopping making it right now to reduce potential EPA lawsuit liability for producing "hazardous" greenhouse gases, prices have gone way up. However, there is still a substantial markup - wholesale price is around $20/pound in quantity (30-100 pound cylinders), and a normal system takes 4-10 pounds (usually about 5-7), so the incentive to highly mark it up is high. The law also requires that it be recovered and either reinserted or recycled for reuse when a system is serviced, not vented, so that adds substantially to the cost of recharging.

After 2020 its manufacture will be totally illegal, so its cost will become totally exhorbitant, and it will continue to be used only in existing systems that need topping off or large commercial building systems. Home systems that totally lose their charge will end up being cheaper to replace than to recharge. Replacement gases like EF-22a, R-290 and R-410a are more expensive to make and handle than Freon (R7 and R22) and are less efficient, and are supposed to be used in all new systems, but they also are being considered by the EPA for future banning.

Some existing systems can be converted to R-410a or similar refrigerants by flushing and changing lubricants, but generally a converted system will be less efficient and not have the same cooling capacity with the replacement gases.

Because of this, many commercial building air conditioning systems are being designed for chilled water rather than direct refirgerant gas systems, and commercial freezer systems are going back to the old standby ammonia, but ammonia leaks are very dangerous and it is unsuitable for home use, so in the long run it is likely that more and more residential systems will, over the next decade or so, start being geothermal heat pumps rather than pressurized evaporator air conditioning systems.


Answered 1 year ago by LCD

0
Votes

I mostley agree with "LCD" but must take exception to converting to R$!)a, the pressures are roughly double, so the R22 ccompressor can not handleit. Never heard of a conversion. In a rare case the existing R22 indoor coil can be used with R410a, but not the compressor bearing unit.

Source: www.bayareacool.com

Answered 1 year ago by BayAreaAC




Related Questions