Since early January 2012 the price of R-22 Refrigerant which is used in most Air Conditioning systems, has risen over 800% — and we don’t know how high and how fast it will continue to rise. Currently the market price for R-22 is right around $100 per pound. For Example: An Air Conditioner holds approximately (4 Ibs.) of per ton. As an example: a 3 ton Air Conditioner holds approximately 12 lbs. of R-22 or approximately $1,200 in R-22 to fill it up.
R-22 is harmful to our ozone. The US EPA controls the production and import of R-22 . In 2012 to speed up the Phase-Out of R-22 the EPA set new, lower limits on how much could be produced in the USA. In early 2016 the EPA banned all imports of R-22 into the US. This naturally created a panic in the industry along with shortages that drove the price to over $100 per pound to consumers.
What’s Next in 2017?
In 2016 the manufacturers were given a production quota of 18 million pounds, and we ended up with shortages by
years end. However, in 2017 the quota is reduced to only 13 million pounds, which is a drastic reduction of 5 million pounds of R-22. Major shortages are unavoidable and R-22 will be grossly overpriced and not affordable. We have purchased all the R-22 that was available, however our current inventory will not last more than four months.
R-22 Supplies Very Limited in 2017
Suppliers and Distributors are already prepping for the industries limited R-22 supply. Suppliers will soon limit the amount of R-22 that any contractor may purchase thus creating a supply and demand scenario that will fuel major price increases. Prices are sure to skyrocket and consumers will have a hard time paying for a commodity that will easily reach $100 per pound in the coming year. We anticipate that this aggressive reduction ruling by the EPA will result in existing inventory to be drawn down at an accelerated rate as A/C contractors attempt to build their stock and hold on to their inventory in anticipation of limited supplies.
Consumers Must Replace Old R-22 Equipment Soon!
Based on current pricing of R-22 and limited availability consumers have little recourse but to start the process of replacing their old inefficient air conditioners before the Mad Rush Begins! Consumers that choose to wait it out will be paying higher prices and may find themselves on a waiting list for their much needed installation. Time has run out for R-22 and replacing your old Air Conditioner is no longer an option but a simple necessity that you cannot live without!