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The Cost of R-22 Refrigerant

All air conditioning and refrigeration equipment work under the same principle: refrigerant absorbs heat from an interior space and expels it to the exterior, leaving chilled air behind. The technology is easy to take for granted, but big changes in EPA regulations could have you paying more attention to what refrigerant your air conditioner uses.

Refrigerants from the early days depleted the ozone, so once scientists realized this, R22 became the replacement refrigerant. R22 was better than previous refrigerants, but it was only meant as a transition product until the day when more eco-friendly alternatives could be developed.

That day arrived in 2010 when the EPA banned the manufacture of new R22 air conditioners, driving the production of R22 refrigerant down 75 percent. The plan was set back in 1990 as part of an international treaty called the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The rule doesn’t require homeowners to replace existing R22 equipment, so there’s no need to panic!

However, as the phase out continues, the manufacture of new R22 will be officially banned in 2020. Existing air conditioners can still be recharged with reclaimed or recycled refrigerant after this date, but the R22 price has already increased as production has dropped by 90 percent. Costs will only continue to climb as supplies dwindle even more.

What Can You Do?

One logical response to leaky refrigerant lines is to have them replaced rather than repeatedly paying to top them off. This helps your R22 air conditioner run as efficiently as possible at the lowest cost to you.

The other response is to realize that your air conditioner installed before the ban in 2010 may be costing you more money than it’s worth! In this case, it could be time to replace your air conditioner with a model that runs on cleaner, ozone-friendly R410A refrigerant (also called Puron). The savings on future repairs—not to mention more efficient performance—could justify the cost to upgrade your air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Services in Central Jersey

If you’re tired of paying a high R22 price, it may be time to browse the selection of new cooling equipment from Arctic Air Conditioning. We can help you with all your air conditioning needs in Central Jersey. Contact us to schedule an installation!

Testimonials
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”I purchased my system in 2004 and have used Arctic Air Conditioning since then. I have them service the unit regularly. They are professional and reliable.”

- Nick Gaura
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”Had Arctic Air service my system. Sammy Castro, the technician did an excellent job explaining everything he was doing. Highly recommend Arctic Air.”

- Rich Colasuonno
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”I own a business and needed a technician to come out ASAP! Customer Service at Arctic Air arranged for next day service. When they arrived (2 techs) they were prompt,…”

- Judith Jones
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- Joan Marshall
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”Always professional - reliable and credible services.”

- Kim Karpeles Johnstone
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”These guys worked hard all day to get my HVAC installed and ready in time. Does an excellent job and very professional! You guys rock! Definitely will highly recommend to…”

- Reg Avis
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”Anthony was on time, courteous and knowledgeable.”

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”Arctic Air Conditioning, sent Sammy Castro to summarize our air conditioner. He was wonderful. He explained everything that he had to do and was a gentleman! Thank you Artic for…”

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”Can’t beat the honesty and professionalism of this company. Eduardo the tech was amazing and knows his job in and out. Thank you!!”

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”Artic Air is always very professional an e mail is sent with the pic of the technician that wii. be coming. My tech tech was Sammy he courteous, on time…”

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”Always a professional experience”

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”Second time using Artic very professional and communication is great.”

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”Arctic Air is a great company; honest, trustworthy and employ competent technicians. Always a good experience when dealing with Arctic Air. Would recommend their services to everyone,”

- Patricia Martino
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”I have been using Arctic Air for over 40 Years. They are a superb company with fine knowledgeable employees. I have never had a problem with Artic”

- Ira Lenner
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”Technician was pleasant knowledgeable and explained my options Appreciated his honesty”

- Lynda Misyak
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”David came out on a Sunday as our AC unit stopped pumping cold air the night before and we have a newborn baby in the house. He was kind, knowledgeable…”

- Christopher E. Horn
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”Fast Dependable reliable service”

- David Schutzer
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”Technician Jerry Scaglione was extremely professional, he called ahead before arriving, did careful diagnostic of the existing system, explained different options, listened to our concerns, and made an excellent recommendation…”

- Zhengyuan Chen
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”Tony did a great job!”

- Ivy Davis
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”Technician Robert came out to my house today from Arctic air in old bridge NJ and he was very proffetional and new what to do. On top of that also…”

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