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Question DetailsAsked on 6/13/2012

Why is R-22 for my air conditioner so expensive now?

My a/c system was not cooling properly, and needed 1.5 lb of freon R-22. This cost me about $30 a lb in the past but is now $170 per lb. Why?

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This is caused by new EPA regulations. R-22 is being phased out. Each year they let us know how much can beproduced, this year they reduced the amount that can be made. Which is whatcaused the price to go up.

If you need R-22 put inyour system every year, I would have your A/C company do a leak check andrepair the leak. Air conditioningsystems are closed systems and you should not have to add refrigerant to yoursystem.

If you want more info on the phase out I linked the EPA site for you.


Kappl Heating & Air Conditioning

Canoga Park, CA


Answered 8 years ago by cloughman


Great timing on your question! Angie herself just wrote a column about this very issue. You can find it here:

Answered 8 years ago by JP


I noticed the same thing when I recently tried to sell my house. We had the system for 4 years and never needed to add freon. He said it was a little lower than it is when first filled, but not much to worry about.

It's covered under contracts provided by the contractor during construction, so no worries for us or the new homeowners.

But yeah, $170 is a lot.

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Answered 8 years ago by osensnolf


The only other point I would add is to try retrofitting yourexisting (R-22) equipment to accommodate some of the new drop in or replacementrefrigerants, like new R-422B from ICOR, instead of paying for the old R-22type refrigerant. You can purchase one of a few replacement products on themarket that will require an initial investment to retrofit your system, butthey will be less costly if your system develops a leak that will require youto recharge your system. Talk to your contractor to see if he carries or canget these replacements in your area. They are more affordable and have less ofan impact on the environment then R-22 does.


Answered 8 years ago by Stans HVAC


FYI you can almost certainly save enough by replacing your old system with modern high efficiency system to pay for the upgrade. Your utility company may evan have a minimal cost loan program, call them.

Jim Casper

Heartland Exteriors*

*was an energy conservation company back when Pres Carter was in office


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper

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