S S & B Heating & Cooling was established in 1969. For over 40 years we have been passionately serving the Heating & Cooling needs of Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, Battlefield, Strafford, Republic, Rogersville, Willard and the surrounding areas. We care about what we do and we appreciate each and every one of our clients. One thing that never changes at SS&B is our commitment to excellence.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
R-22 is being phased out - Expensive Repairs.
Phaseout of Ozone-Depleting Substances.
We have recently been contacted by several people wanting to ask about the prices to repair or recharge their R-22 air conditioners or heat pumps. They want to know if their contractors are over charging them. Some contractors are charging $100.00 per pound of R-22 refrigerant to recharge units and some units hold as much as 20 pounds.
The sad truth is that R-22 refrigerant has been being phased out for years and the price for the refrigerant has skyrocketed.
If you have an older air conditioner or heat pump and it develops a refrigerant leak you would be wise to replace the system not repair it. The older the system is the more likely it is to develop leaks. If you repair a leak, recharge the unit and then develop another leak you are wasting your money. All new air conditioners and heat pumps are designed to use refrigerant R-410a.
We want everyone to know that if you have an R-22 system and you wind up needing a refrigerant based repair you will be shocked at the cost.
You do not have to replace your system just because it has R-22 refrigerant in it but when it fails or develops a refrigerant based repair do yourself a favor and replace rather than repair.