Heating and cooling companies are using scare tactics and twisting the truth about freon. Experts I’ve talked to in the field say it’s not going to be exorbitant to fill your air conditioning unit with freon and your unit will not be useless as some ads claim.

So, what’s prompted all this frantic freon flyers?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is phasing out R-22 freon over the next 10-20 years. Starting in 2010, R-22 freon can’t be added to newly manufactured units. This DOES NOT mean R-22 can’t be added to your old unit in your backyard.

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The EPA says it’s doing a decade long phaseout to control the price. Since the ban on newly manufactured units went into effect in 2010, some heating and cooling companies have seen a price increase of as much as 30%. However, experts say there is no need to rush out and fill your A/C unit with freon.

Other companies are scaring consumers, and pointing to the R-12 phaseout as the reasoning behind their marketing efforts. R-12 was in short supply and a black market was created for that product.

If you didn’t have enough freon, your unit would not cool properly on a hot day and you may see ice build-up. The best advice is to stay calm and just have your unit serviced regularly. There is no need to run out and fill up on R-22 freon. It will be around probably longer than your current unit lasts.

For more information:
Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute

EPA