Why is The Price of R-22 Refrigerant So High?

Since January 2012 the price of R-22 refrigerant, which is used in many
air conditioning systems, has risen as much as 400%—and we don’t know
how high it might go. These are direct costs that we have to pay and we
have no choice but to pass those costs along, which is why your refrigerant
may cost more now than during previous service calls.

Here’s Why
The U.S. EPA controls how much R-22 can be produced and imported each year through annual allocations. For the last two years the agency has reduced the supply in the hopes of increasing the price of R-22 in order to encourage higher recycling and reclamation rates. This policy, along with a delay in setting permanent allocations for the future,
created uncertainty in the marketplace and forced the manufacturers to increase their prices.

What’s Next?
The U.S. EPA reduced the annual allocation of R-22 in 2012 by about 45% with a short term, temporary allocation. In March of 2013, the EPA finalized the allocations for 2013 and 2014 with an additional overall reduction of 7%. These allocation reductions will continue until 2020 when the production of virgin R-22 will cease. As a professional contractor, our goal is to provide you with the best possible products and services at the best possible value. Unfortunately, we have no control over the cost of a commodity like R-22 refrigerant.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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