Freon™ 22, an HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbon), also known as R-22, is a widely used refrigerant. It is being phased out because it has been deemed harmful to the environment, and specifically, to the earth’s ozone layer. The new refrigerant, R-410A, is approved by the EPA to replace R-22.
|2004||35% reduction in production|
|2010||75% reduction in production|
|2015||90% reduction in production|
|2020||99.5% reduction in production|
Most of the residences in the USA today that have air conditioning or heat pump products use Freon™ 22. That means a potentially high demand for the product will increase prices as production decreases. Since the average age of an air conditioning system is 12-15 years, during the lifetime of an air conditioning system purchased today, R-22 will become obsolete and the manufacture of R-22 will be banned.
We therefore recommend to our customer that serious consideration be given to purchasing R-410A based products rather than R-22 based products. By choosing to purchase an air conditioner or heat pump with R-410A refrigerant, you begin saving money right away, and avoid the potentially higher service costs later.
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For more information about R410A (Puron), visit: https://www.epa.gov/ods-phaseout