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Why Is R-22 Refrigerant So Expensive in Cincinnati?


Air conditioners and heat pumps utilize refrigerant to cool your Cincinnati home – this is what most call “Freon,” also known as R-22. Certain system issues can cause R-22 to leak out of the refrigerant lines, requiring a recharge.

In the past few years, the cost of recharging an HVAC system with R-22 refrigerant has increased, leaving homeowners wondering why? The cause behind the cost is the current phase-out of R-22 refrigerant.

R-22 Phase-out Basics

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Montreal Protocol calls for the phase-out of R-22 refrigerant, due to its link to ozone depletion. The phase-out began in 2010, stipulating all new heating and cooling systems cannot contain R-22. Since 2010, R-22 can only be produced to service existing systems. Production has gradually been phased out, and in 2020, no new R-22 will be produced; only recycled R-22 will be available.

What Does the Refrigerant Phase-out Mean for Me?

With limited R-22 in production, the product is becoming scarcer, driving up its price. The cost of recharging a cooling system with R-22 will continue to become more expensive, leaving homeowners with a few options:

  • Repairing your R-22 system: Refrigerant isn’t used up in the way gas is – in a sealed system, it should never need replacing. When refrigerant leaks occur, the need for replacement R-22 arises. Having your older R-22 containing air conditioner or heat pump repaired properly should conserve refrigerant, avoiding the need for frequent recharging.
  • Replace your R-22 system: If your system is older, it may be cost-effective to replace it now with a new unit which utilizes R-410A, which is a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant. A new unit will provide higher efficiency, and eliminate your need for an R-22 recharge.

Eliminate the cost of expensive Freon recharging by upgrading to a new air conditioner or heat pump which utilizes environmentally-friendly R-410A refrigerant. A new unit is more efficient, cutting your operating costs as well. For more information, contact Nelson Comfort today!

About The Author


Dan Detmer

Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!

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