R-22, also called Freon, is the most common chemical refrigerant used in air conditioners today. However, that's all set to change as a government-created shortage has caused the price to triple. Many consumers, caught off guard by unexpectedly high repair costs, have sought to switch over to air conditioners using the new R-410A, also known as Puron. Discover why it's better to switch now before the rising price hits you with repair costs you can't afford.
Freon Triples in Price
Freon harms the ozone layer when released. That's why the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) ordered it to be phased out by the year 2020. Already, the supply of Freon has dwindled so low that some parts of the country now charge $100 per pound. That means a small Freon leak and repair job can reach a few hundred dollars very easily. With the supply continuing to grow smaller, these prices are only expected to become higher as the EPA deadline draws near.
R-410A: The New Solution
With Freon phasing out and Puron taking over, the cost of Puron air conditioning installation is becoming more economical than continuing to repair Freon-based systems. Not only is Puron cheaper, but also it performs better than Freon. That means you'll notice a decline in your electric bill for using the new refrigerant. Plus, repairing your system will be a fraction of the cost of Freon units.
Benefits of Air Conditioning Installation with R-410A
While Puron-based systems cost slightly more than Freon systems, there's a reason for it. The value of equipment using Freon is cheaper because of the looming shortage. One Freon leak is all it takes to lose the money you saved. Other advantages of installing a Puron system include:
- Government Tax Credits - The EPA, through the Energy Star program, gives tax credits of up to $300 for installing energy efficient air conditioners. The incentive can cover the difference for choosing a unit running Puron.
- Lower Electric Bills - Because Puron outperforms Freon, your utility bill will be lower.
- Reduced Repair Costs - The price to replace Puron is already less expensive than Freon. It will continue to become cheaper in the future.
- Better for the Environment - Puron won't deplete the ozone layer as Freon does. You can feel better knowing your HVAC system won't contribute to your carbon footprint.
If You're Recently Installed an R-22 System
You may be hesitant to make the switch to an R-410A system if you've installed a Freon system in the past few years. In that case, the best thing you can do is prevent Freon from leaking. By properly maintaining your unit, you can expect to avoid expensive replacement of Freon by servicing your unit twice a year. The fall and spring are the best times for tune-ups. If you want to save even more money, then sign up for a regular service agreement. It will further cut the cost of parts and labor.