Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 29, 2013
Phoenix AZ is being blasted by a heat wave. Temperatures this week will hit 119 degrees F causing many air conditioners and heat pumps to break down. The experts from Silverstate HVAC http://www.phoenixhvac.us/ say that clients with ac units that use the banned R-22 refrigerant are reacting with sticker shock. These tips may help homeowners and commercial property managers determine if upgrading to a newer HVAC system or repairing the old one is the right choice.
How Freon Got So Expensive
Freon is a combination of gases that are very popular refrigerants. Freon was used in appliances such as old refrigerators (in the form of R-12) and air conditioning units (in the form of R-22).
These chemicals were abundant in the USA in the 1930’s due to the discovery of them being stable, non-toxic, and inflammable refrigerants. Freon falls into the category of chlorofluorocarbons, which have been considered notorious for the destruction of the ozone layer.
As a result, its use has been outlawed since the mid 1990’s, and it is now inaccessible to the general public. The common household air conditioning refrigerant, R-22, is being phased-out in the USA. Freon is however still available for purchase only to those that possess an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) license such as HVAC contractors.
In an effort to phase out Freon, the EPA has ruled that manufacturers must produce 45% less Freon each year. Consequently, the prices of Freon in Phoenix skyrocketed up to 400% of the previous costs.
The reason why Freon is so expensive today is a simple arithmetic of supply and demand. Due to major depletion in the production, and restrictions on the purchasing of the chemical, very limited amounts of Freon will be sold.
R-410a Refrigerant is Cheaper, But Requires New Equipment
Cheaper, more efficient and environmentally safe refrigerants are available such as R-410a for use in modern products. However, if an air conditioning system is 10 years old or less and is still fully functioning, many homeowners in Phoenix may feel inclined to recharge the Freon instead of purchasing a whole new system.
Recharging with R-22 may not be a very cost-effective practice as the property owner can invest in a new system that will provide occupants with significantly more comfort and lower electric bills. In many cases, purchasers even qualify for tax credit for installing newer, energy efficient appliances.
Even though Freon is still available today under the specified conditions, it is estimated that in a few years, all chlorofluorocarbons will be completely phased out in the USA, meaning zero production and importation.
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