An Important Announcement Regarding Your A/C Refrigerant
IF YOU PURCHASED YOUR COOLING SYSTEM PRIOR TO 2010, YOUR SYSTEM LIKELY USES THE FREON KNOWN AS R-22. IT IS BECOMING MORE DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR AND MAINTAIN THESE OLDER SYSTEMS.
Freon Be Gone!
Since 1995, the U.S. has been in the process of phasing out the production of various industrial chemicals that have been found to damage our planet’s ozone layer. Among these is chlorodifluoromethane, also known as R-22 or Freon, which is one of the refrigerants most commonly used in air conditioning systems.
In October of 2014, the EPA announced its final phase down schedule for R-22 production, calling for an immediate drop from 51 million pounds in 2014 to 22 million pounds in 2015 to 18 million pounds in 2016, 13 million in 2017, 9 million in 2018, 4 million in 2019, and finally no new R-22 production or importation on or after January 1, 2020.
What does this mean to you?
Put simply, it means that Freon supplies are falling and as a result, R-22 prices have risen over 300% and continue to rise. That means if your air conditioner uses R-22 and needs extra refrigerant because of a leak or other issue, your service charges might increase. However, don’t worry — air conditioners typically don’t run out of Freon, so you won’t need more R-22 unless there’s a leak.
How can Woodfin help?
As Your Home Team, Woodfin is here to help improve your comfort in a way that is both environmentally responsible and economically practical. On that note, we planned ahead and made a bulk purchase of R22 before the prices skyrocketed and supplies started to be rationed to contractors. We also offer a 16-Point Precision Tune-Up that is designed to help keep your air conditioner working efficiently and effectively, no matter what refrigerant your system uses. If you’re concerned about the cost of your air conditioner service increasing, or if you’re looking to make the switch to a new, high-efficiency air conditioner that uses an EPA-approved refrigerant, talk to Woodfin today.
To get in touch with an air conditioning specialist who can help you navigate the Freon phase out, give us a call at 804-730-5000 or complete the contact form on this page. We’ll be happy to relieve your concerns and help you get the cost-effective home comfort you deserve.