Chances are if your system was built and installed prior to January 1, 2010 your system uses R22 refrigerant. EPA has determined that R22 refrigerant has an ozone substance known as chlorine or "HCFC". On January 1, 2010 the EPA limited production, import, and use of R22 refrigerants. This then lead to the manufacturers ceasing production of systems that are compatible with R22 and moving to R410a which is chlorine free (HFC) and not ozone-depleting
. Over the last 10 years the EPA has cut the production of R22 in preparations for the final phase-out which has caused a drastic increase in the price, not only to the HVAC service companies but also to the homeowners. As of January 1, 2020 (just a couple months away) the EPA will ban all production of R22 refrigerant which will cause us to rely on recycled or stockpiled quantities. We have been diligent over the last few years (even more so as we close in on the end of the year) to let our clients know about this phase-out and help them prepare. If you have an older system that doesn't seem to be cooling properly or you are already aware of a leak in your system please keep in mind that it would be best to be proactive in replacing your system with a new 410a system to prevent any surprises next summer. If you'd like to know more about a new 410a refrigerant system give us a call at (636)332-0066 or schedule a free consultation on our website by clicking here.