Roger The Plumber, a residential plumbing and HVAC services company, advises homeowners to make adjustments to their HVAC system in light of rising R-22 refrigerant costs.

R-22 refrigerant is a chlorofluorocarbons (CFC)-based refrigerant that is being phased out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CFC-based refrigerant may dissipate into the atmosphere when it’s in a gas state, breaking down the ozone layer. As a result, new AC systems are built to use an alternative type of refrigerant, such as R-410A.

Though many older AC systems still use CFC-based refrigerant, the market is adapting to the push for alternate forms of refrigerant and supply of old forms of refrigerant is dwindling. Current supply chain issues are further exacerbating the problem. As a result, costs of R-22 refrigerant have quadrupled over the past year.

Homeowners who have grown used to addressing refrigerant leaks by simply adding refrigerant to the system will no longer be able to do so.

Roger The Plumber General Manager Mike Paredez says, “Now is the time to take care of important repairs. With the supply of R-22 refrigerant dwindling and costs going up, homeowners risk being left suffering through the heat of summer if their AC breaks down unexpectedly.”

Air conditioning systems that are more than 12 years old are likely to experience severe mechanical breakdowns and refrigerant leaks. Homeowners should avoid delaying the inevitable and replace their outdated AC with a system that doesn’t use CFC refrigerant.

Roger The Plumber is offering a seasonal saving promotion, special financing options, and even credits from services done within the past year. Homeowners are encouraged to reach out to Roger The Plumber with any questions they may have and to schedule an appointment for air conditioning repair or replacement.