Air Condition Coolant Being Phased Out, Prices Triple

761038 Air Condition Coolant Being Phased Out, Prices Triple

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If the air conditioning unit at your home was manufactured before 2010 expect a common summer repair to cost up to triple the usual amount.

There is now a new, environmentally friendly, version of Freon — the coolant gas used in a/c units. With the development of the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-backed product, the old Freon, R-22, is being phased out.

Air conditioning professionals say with the elimination of R-22 consumers can expect repair costs to increase substantially.

“The refrigerant’s definitely gonna, it has tripled in cost so obviously that cost has be passed on to the consumer,” said Randy Kelly, with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. “So, if someone has a refrigerant leak and it has to have R-22 put back in it, it’s really gonna make that repair cost more.”

According to Kelly, the price for a pound of R-22 has jumped from around $20 a pound to up to $90.

Refilling air conditioners with Freon is anything but unusual and is often done annually, as opposed to undergoing expensive mechanical repairs.

“Air conditioners do develop leaks, over a period of time, and it is a common repair,” said Kelly. “There are no telling how many units out there that have leaks that people just a pound, or two pounds, in every year.”

Kelly suggests that homeowners with a serious problem either fix the leak immediately or replace the unit.

The EPA is now requiring air conditioning manufacturers to use Freon R-410A in their units, which is a cleaner gas.

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  • dtsmith21

    Let’s see: coal will be regulated out of economic feasibility, gasoline pricing is out of reach to a large segment of the population, natural gas (fracking) might not be “safe”, now this?

    • RAB

      If we purchased, should be able to have serviiced until the unit is dead….right???

      • Daryl

        I’m still selling it for $15 a pound, but then I’m not trying to scalp anybody.

  • Litclicker

    Word of advise. If a service company has to put freon in your unit, ask if they found the leak and repaired it. There are crooks out there that tell customers that they had to add freon because it just wears out. FEON DOES NOT WEAR OUT! There has to be a leak if the system is low on freon.

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  • waf_98

    Very weak description of the story subject. The writer should have made it plain that there are two coolants under discussion: R-22 and R-410A. The writer says that R-22 is being eliminated, but then several sentences later reveals that the price of R-22 is going up. Only in the last sentence is the new gas, R-410A, introduced, but no mention is made on its price, or whether it will work in current A/C units. Journalism is no longer the noble profession it once was.

    • jakethesnake

      R-410 won’t work in an old R-22 unit. R-410 is supposed to be better for the environment, but it doesn’t work as efficiently as R22. The high side pressure easily went from 140 psi for R22 to 240 psi on a R-410. R-410 should not increase much in price. This is the way to get people to buy a new A/C unit.

      • jakethesnake

        I have a new unit with 410 and an old unit with 22. They look like the ones in the photo, big and small even though they are the same btu. The new unit is the bigger one, and it needs more of everything to equal the old. And the price I was charged for R-410 last year was I think around $55 a pound.

  • Janice Greene

    I live in central texas and am a little worried about this years summer. Started checking out new AC units and founds a great site for reviews:

  • Tom Wiggins

    One Hour might charge $90 per lb but I just payed $60 per lb from Lyons Air out of Rockwall, great company! Here is their website

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