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Freon Discontinued: How Does It Affect You? (Heating and Air Conditioning Tips - in Union, MO)

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Published on Apr 15, 2012

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Got an air conditioning unit that depends on Freon? Ready for an unexpected and unpleasant price hike? You should be. Here's why.

As of January 2010 the refrigerant R-22 (what consumers call Freon®) is no longer allowed to be used in the manufacturing of new equipment. R-22 has been used as the "standard" refrigerant for many years but has been found to be harmful to our planet by our government. All new air conditioners and heat pumps use R-410A, the more "environmentally sound" refrigerant.
R-22 is still the most commonly used refrigerant in existing air conditioning equipment in residential homes today. However, per the Montreal Protocol, caps have been established to eliminate the production of R-22. In 2004, there was a 35% reduction; in 2010 there was a 65% reduction; in 2015 a 90% reduction; and finally in 2020 a 99.5 % reduction in the production of R-22. This means that during the time of these reductions with high demand, the price of each pound of R-22 refrigerant could potentially skyrocket.
If you are considering replacing your existing air conditioning equipment, most higher efficiency products have already made the switch to R-410A, the more "environmentally sound" refrigerant.

Regardless of whether or not you live in Washington, Missouri or need service in or around the outskirts of St. Louis including towns like Union, Eureka, Hermann, Sullivan, Pacific, Ownensville, Warrenton and others in between, we hope these insights and expert advice will serve you well.

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