R-22 (most commonly known as Freon by consumers) is no longer used in the manufacturing of new air conditioners. Due to its ozone-depleting properties, R-22 is considered harmful to our planet. New air conditioners and heat pumps use a more environmentally sound substance called R-410A.
Although R-22 Freon is still the most commonly used refrigerant due to a lot of older air conditioners, production of R-22 has almost disappeared due to the Montreal Protocol. Due to high demand, and short supply, the prices of R-22 has increased by 300%+. It has reached the point that if your AC is out of R-22 refrigerant, it probably makes more sense for you to just buy a new air conditioner.
The EPA has prohibited freon production by 2020.
In the meantime, adding freon to your old system can cost hundreds if not thousands … read more