Freon is Becoming a Hot Commodity
If you need to have coolant added to your air conditioner, you might be in for a shock.
The price for R-22 coolant, or freon is dramatically rising.
Many homeowners get their air conditioners serviced when seasons change, and many times, a little freon is needed.
Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, says back in 1987, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the phasing out of certain ozone depleting refrigerants, which means R-22 coolant will be phased out by 2015.
Larry Howald, an HVAC contractor, says lack of supply means customers will have to pay more.
"Back in the day, that (freon) may have run a couple hundred dollars," Howald said. "Todays price of R-22 will run about $600."
Homeowners may want to consider replacing the unit, but Hicks says a heating and cooling company can help you figure out what the best option will be looking long term.
"Ask them about the developments happening with the freon and how long you'll have to use your air conditioner."
Most units manufactured before 2010 use the R-22 coolant.
The new EPA approved coolant known as R-410A does not work with the R-22 equipment.