IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING
R-22 (Freon) COOLING SYSTEMS
Do you have a cooling system that still uses R-22, also known as Freon, refrigerant? If your system is more than 10 years old, there is a pretty good possibility that it does. If so, there are some very important changes in our industry that could affect you this year.
Why is there a shortage of R-22 / Freon?
Over the past several years, the EPA has been in the process of phasing out R-22 refrigerant. Each year the cost of R-22 increases. In 2020 (less than 3 short years from now), R-22 can no longer be produced. As we get closer and closer to the completion of this phase out, supplies of R-22 has greatly decrease and prices are sky-rocketing.
This graph show the percent in allocations from previous year:
How will this affect my cooling system?
Prices on R-22 / Freon have been steadily rising each year. However, toward the end of last year, we incurred a significant price hike in R-22 / Freon and found it hard to keep an adequate supply. We are very concerned about even having enough supply to replenish existing systems this summer. Should your cooling system need R-22 / Freon this year, you can expect that the cost of the Freon (charged by the pound) will be very expensive. There is even a possibility, based on industry predictions, that there will be a shortage of R-22 / Freon, meaning that we may not have enough supply to recharge all systems.
What should I do now?
So many times we hear, “I just want my AC to make it through one more summer”. We completely understand. Just keep in mind that a system that is limping along is costing more money in utility cost. With Atlanta summers getting hotter and lasting longer, it makes sense to consider the advantages of replacing your HVAC system before it gets hot. In some cases, customers have saved as much as 40% on utility cost!
Now is the best time of the season to replace your system.
The weather is still cool, which means you can avoid down time in the heat of summer. Also, rebates and incentives are at their best. If you are interested in receiving a free, no obligation quote to replace your existing R-22 system, now is the time! Bartlett Heating and Cooling is currently offering the best prices and incentives of the season, with rebates and incentives over $ 1,800 on select high efficiency systems.
At Bartlett, we always do our best to keep your system running. We never use scare tactics or pushy sales pitches to coerce you into any decisions. However, we have real concerns with the availability and cost of R-22 refrigerant. There are alternative refrigerants that can be put into an existing R22 system, but the cost of that conversion (when done properly) is high. Then, you still have all of the older mechanical components of your HVAC system which are prone to failure, and more expense. We generally do not recommend that as a solution. The best solution is to replace your older cooling system with a new, higher efficiency system that uses ozone friendly R-410A refrigerant.
Give us a call at 770-429-0278 to schedule your free quote. We can show you just how comfortable, efficient and affordable your HVAC system will be!
Financing available, with many systems for less than $ 170 a month!