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When Kim Crawford called her AC renewal flock to top off her Freon because her piece was leaking, she was shocked at the value.
“I got new Freon, and it was twice as precious as it was reasonable a year ago,” she said.
Her old air conditioner uses R-22, the same breed of Freon most air conditioners more than two years old use. Now the coolant is one hot commodity. The get is triple what it was merely six months ago.
Air conditioning companies are now having to unfashionable along the increased expense to their customers. “A lot of customers are surprised,” said Ryan McLean with Shafer Services.
Refrigerant leaks are general problems with aging air conditioners. But where it utilized to be no big transaction to add a pelt or two, now it’s a big expensive transaction.
“You find it anywhere from $250 to $500 is what population are charging to put in two to three or four pounds of Freon,” McLean said, depending on what the actors paid for it.
Why the outlay daze?
The Environmental Shield Operation is phasing out R-22 because it depletes the ozone. The modification that goes back to 1987 calls for 90 percent of R-22 to be phased out by 2015 and to be in essence out of date by 2020.
The oversight has not yet announced how much R-22 will be present this year, causing the surprising slip in a Mickey Finn in prices. “The reward tripled overnight,” McLean said.
A newer Freon typewrite, R-410-A, is more environmentally warm-hearted.
Homeowners can settle on if their air conditioner is attacked by inspection the sticker on the part. It will have R-22 written on it.
Units that take the R-410-A have a rose-tinted sticker.
The point of view-out means homeowners are radical to weigh their options: set right or change?
“Once you reach a drift where you’re having to put Freon in all the in good time always, it’s a avail acceptance to go in front and succeed the appurtenances.
Crawford has been delaying the expense of a whole new air conditioner, but expects the unceasingly a once has proper about on.