What Does the R22 Phase Out Mean for You?

Posted on April 1st, 2020 by Bill Stuhr

On January 1, 2020, the R22 model became illegal to manufacture or import. This change makes it much more expensive and difficult to acquire the R22 model. With that being said, this is just the beginning, and we predict the price of these systems will skyrocket. As your air conditioning company in Palatine, we stay on top of these types of shifts in the market. So, what might this mean for you?

Do You Regularly Receive Repairs?

If you have an older air conditioning system, you may want to prepare for some decision making. Do you want to replace the system or repair it? Due to the newfound illegality of these systems, it may become more expensive to repair the older R22 refrigerant systems when there is a lead in the system. If you experience a breakdown involving an electrical or mechanical issue, depending on the age of the system, your air conditioning company in Palatine may recommend a repair. 

Do You Regularly Add Refrigerant?

Many breakdowns require refrigerant. If you have been adding refrigerant yearly, it may be time to seriously consider replacing your R22 system. With many systems, the leaks can increase year by year. Products such as Nu Calgon Easyseal Ultimate can help you stop these leaks, but there is no guarantee that this will be successful. 

Contact Five Star Heating Today

At Five Star Heating and Cooling, we tell our service technicians to recommend replacement when the repairs are cost-prohibitive. If your system is running fine, there is no need to replace it at this moment. We suggest being proactive and starting to budget for the replacement. The average life of a system is about 18 years. With any questions or concerns, please call Five Star Heating and Cooling and we will be happy to help you.

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