R-22 (a.k.a. R-22 refrigerant) is a commonly-used refrigerant in central air conditioning systems. If your system is more than a few years old, it probably uses R-22, which means that you need to be aware of the federally-mandated phase-out plan. Due to its ozone-depletion tendencies, the Environmental Protection Agency has enacted a policy that will result in the elimination of R-22 production after Jan. 1, 2020. While consumption of R-22 has decreased significantly in recent years, demand still exceeds the dwindling supply, resulting in price increases for R-22. These increases are likely to escalate as the 2020 deadline approaches.
If your system uses R-22 refrigerant it can still be serviced and charged if necessary until Jan. 1, 2020. But, you need to keep an eye on your system to monitor for any possible leaks. If your system is not cooling the way it should or you suspect it may have a leak, you need to schedule immediate service. Regular maintenance and tune-ups will also help to detect and prevent leaks. By eliminating leaks, you are not only saving money, but helping to protect our environment. A fully-charged system also runs more efficiently, thereby avoiding costly repairs and extending the lifespan of your system.
Our qualified technicians can help you make a sound decision when it comes to recharging, repairing or replacing your system with a new air conditioner that uses more environmentally-friendly refrigerants such as R410A. These units are widely available today and should be strongly considered if you are looking to replace your home comfort system.