As of this passed January 1st, no more R-22 refrigerant is being manufactured or imported for the US market. What dose this mean to me? Lets start by asking three questions. 1: How old is my A/C system? 2: What has been my cost of maintaining/repairing my system? 3: What is my goal for system replacement?
Lets start with the question of age. A system under 10 years old? No need for replacement. R-22 will be around for many many years. If you don’t like the price of R-22 than look at some of the R-22 drop-in replacements. They are about 75% less that R-22. Everyone remembers the R-12 phaseout in the 90’s? Well, my supplier has informed me that they still have a stock pile of R-12 as well as a warehouse of R-22.
Now, systems that are 10 to 20 years old, you need to ask yourself, “how much is it costing me” before you think about replacement. This is where you also need to ask “what is my goal” after replacement. If you feel it is costing you money and looking at a higher energy efficient unit, than you may want to start planning on replacement by first, shopping around and seeing what options are out there.
If your system is 20 years or older, now we are talking about an agding care with over 200,000 miles on it. Just like a mechanic, I can keep your system running for as long as you like. When your ready, replace. Don’t feel pressured into it.
To read more about the R-22 Phaseout, click on this link: https://www.achrnews.com/articles/142184-using-or-abusing-the-r-22-phaseout-as-a-sales-tool