Air Conditioner Repair Costs Will Cost Homeowners More in 2020
Homeowners in Chicago can expect to pay more for certain types of AC repairs. Air Conditioner Repair Costs will rise starting next year as the ban on R-22 takes effect. R-22, commonly referred to as Freon will not be produced or imported beginning January 1st of 2020. The price increases will only effect those with leaks in units older than 2010. This means that homeowners and business owners will have to consider replacement over repair. Systems that have been properly maintained over the years should not be effected.
R-22 Freon: The Ban on Hydrochlorofluorocarbon 22
Back in 1987, the United Nations began an effort to protect the environment by banning certain CFC refrigerants. These refrigerants contribute to the depletion of the ozone. Known as the Montreal Protocol, 190 countries pledged to reduce and finally ban the production of R-22 and R-22 equipment. In 2010, the ban on the production of R-22 compatible equipment took effect. In 2015, a ban on the sale of R-22 was instituted. However, it was still allowed in the servicing of existing cooling equipment. Finally, on January 1st, 2020 the complete ban will take effect. As a result, existing stockpiles will dwindle and prices will skyrocket.
Air Conditioner Repair Vs. Replacement
When a leak develops in an cooling system, it is a fact that it will need to be filled again and again. If a previous leak detection and refilling has already be performed, replacement is the recommended option. Fortunately, it is not all bad news. Replacing an older system has benefits. For example, new units are much more energy efficient. This results in lower monthly operating costs. Also, a new air conditioner will have warranty protection. If a home or business has a leaking cooling system older than 2010 it is time to start budgeting for a replacement.
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