R-22 (Freon) May Be Nearly Impossible to Get in Two Years

The reign of R-22, or Freon, is coming to a fast close. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” certainly doesn’t apply here. By 2020, the chemical keeping your air nice and cool is expected to be completely phased out. What does that mean for you? Changing the Freon in your AC unit is about to get more expensive (compared to about $300 per replacement now!) and incredibly difficult. That leaves you with two choices:


  1. Pay high prices for replacement R-22 and AC tune-ups until you must replace your current system.
  2. Put that money (hundreds of dollars…) toward a down payment on a new, compliant, environmentally-friendly unit.


The hot, humid weather is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to make your decision. There’s no sense in paying for a pre-summer tune-up if you plan to replace your outdated unit.


The Obvious Reason R-22 is on the Way Out


R-22 isn’t here for much longer, and for good reason. Due to the harmful impacts that R-22 has on the earth’s ozone layer, industry experts anticipate the chemical will be a thing of the past by 2020. That’s two years from now, everyone. Let’s all agree that we don’t want to hurt the ozone layer, considering it’s the only thing standing between us and the extreme power of the sun. To keep our earth well-protected, we recommend switching to an AC unit that supports a different, environmentally-friendly type of Freon called R-410a. Not only is R-410a better for the  earth, but also for your AC!


Compared to the outdated R-22 refrigerant, R-410a works better in temperatures of 90°F and above, removes more moisture and humidity from the air and has a lower critical temperature. After January 1, 2020, R-22 will officially be illegal to produce in the United States. The U.S. will no longer manufacture the product and any importing of the product will cease. Not saying it will be illegal to use the product, but it will be incredibly difficult to get it serviced and cost large amounts of money to replace it due to a lack of supply. Demand will be high and supply will be low, increasing the price.


Final Thoughts on Freon


Ultimately, your options are to either use R-22 until you’re not able to replace it anymore and then upgrade, or upgrade now and relieve yourself of any future stress. The choice is up to you, but we definitely suggest the latter. The next time your unit with R-22 needs to recharge, consider asking your tech for options to switch out your refigerant for something that won’t be banned in the near future. The clock is ticking, be ahead of the game and consider replacing your freon!


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Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool environment.read more
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Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company again.read more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two men.read more
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18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great Job.read more
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James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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