Why is R22 so expensive? Published on August 10, 2017 If you’re noting that servicing your air conditioning equipment is costing you a tad more, you could check your current system. More than 25 years ago, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted a plan to incrementally lower the manufacturing of R22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, leading to zero production by 2020. The ban was created due to the harm that R22, which is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) chemical, was causing damage on the ozone layer. Around 2010, makers of air conditioning systems stopped manufacturing units that use R22. If your air conditioner was produced after 2010, you shouldn’t have any challenges. If you think your system was produced prior to 2010, Mountainwest 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 identify alternative possibilities. What does this mean for you? R22 has become progressively more expensive because of the reduced production and continual demand. While production is reduced and will be phased out in the next several years, homeowners in Salt Lake City should still have access to reclaimed or recycled refrigerant. However, the price will continue to increase as availability goes down. The higher price of R22 isn’t going to fade, so it’s probably time to take a look at alternative choices to keep your costs down. We can also talk about whether it might 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 team at Mountainwest Service Experts will happily chat with you about your choices and how to make your way through the change. Give us a call at 385-399-0280 or request an appointment via our convenient online scheduler.