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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.

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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.


Answered 1 year ago by BayAreaAC


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


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


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?


Answered 1 year ago by BayAreaAC


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


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.


Answered 1 year ago by BayAreaAC


$100/pound is too high for R-22 refrigerant and shows the price gouging of some HVAC contrators. R-22 is being phased out and the supply is reducing, but it was $10/pound in 30 pound cylinders available online as of July 2014. Now, please realize the $10/pound is the cost to the contractor, there are other costs such as having it availble, connecting it to the a/c unit, and watching the dials to see when the a/c unit has enough. Keep in mind, the customer already is paying a separate charge for the inspection/tune-up that revealed the unit needed more R-22. I figure around $20-40/pound is a reasonable charge to a customer; a higher price is nothing more than greed. By the way, you're not alone, I was charged $100/pound too; why I checked the cost of it. My service was part of an Angie's Big Deal that wasn't such a good deal.

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