You turn on your HVAC unit for the first time this summer only to find that it needs a repair. Apparently, it started leaking refrigerant. You think it’s not a problem until you start calling around to get estimates on an air conditioner repair in Albany, OR. “Over $400 just to fix a simple leak?” you ask. “That’s crazy!”
It may sound crazy, but it’s true. Fixing a refrigerant leak on your HVAC unit may cost you nearly double or even triple what you would have paid just five years ago. But it’s not inflation that’s causing these outrageous repair costs—it’s the phasing out of R-22 refrigerant.
About 25 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered the phasing out of R-22 refrigerant, also known as Freon, as part of an international treaty to protect the ozone. Studies had proven that R-22 harms the ozone, and so does another gas that is produced during the manufacturing process of R-22. So to help protect the environment, the EPA agreed that, by 2020, R-22 will no longer be produced or imported in the U.S.
The first step in phasing out R-22 was to halt the manufacturing of HVAC units that use R-22 as a coolant. If you bought your HVAC unit after 2010, you shouldn’t have to worry about the phasing out of R-22. But what if you bought a home with an older HVAC unit, or installed a new unit before 2010? Unfortunately, if you need R-22, you’re out of luck.
The closer we get to 2020, the more rare R-22 is becoming, and this is causing the price to skyrocket. A few years ago, the market price for a 30-pound drum of R-22 was about $50. Today, the cost is nearly $800—if you can even find R-22 to purchase. Most HVAC contractors have been forced to pass along these outrageous prices to their customers by adding a charge of $100 to $175 per pound of R-22 to your repair bill, but at Larsell Mechanical Service, we’re working hard to keep prices low for our customers.
While other HVAC contractors may be charging over $100 per pound for R-22, we planned ahead and are still able to offer our customers R-22 for only $55 per pound. But you’d better hurry, because we won’t have the available stock to offer this price much longer. Even if your HVAC unit isn’t currently leaking, you may want to consider an equipment and R-22 replacement now anyway. In the long run, it could save you the cost of an expensive repair later or having to completely replace your unit in 2020 when R-22 is no longer available.
If you want to avoid a costly R-22 replacement or having to buy a new HVAC unit altogether, be smart and plan ahead. Don’t wait until you need a major air conditioner repair in Albany, OR. Call Larsell Mechanical Service today to schedule your equipment and coolant replacement. We look forward to helping you stay cool—and helping you save money!
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