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Product Alert – R22


The EPA has banned the use of R22 refrigerant in new AC equipment since 2010. As a result, if your air conditioner was manufactured prior to 2010 this may be the time to replace it…here’s why:

product-alert-imageNew government regulations have banned the use of R22 refrigerant in new AC equipment since 2010. And if your AC unit was manufactured prior to 2010 it uses R22. This is important to know since periodic maintenance of your cooling unit(s) may require additional refrigerant to allow it to operate at peak efficiency. Unfortunately, as the supply and availability of R22 declines the prices will go up. In fact, the prices for R22 have already increased 300% over the past few years. And the price increases will only continue as the industry moves closer to the 2020 date when it will be illegal to use.

You have three options at this time:

1. You can keep your existing AC equipment and accept the fact that as we move closer to 2020, if you need R22 refrigerant to maintain your equipment, it will become increasingly difficult to find in the marketplace and it will be priced accordingly from our suppliers.

2. You can keep your existing AC equipment and instead use an EPA permitted “modern” refrigerant. But to do so may involve replacing many parts of your equipment since not all refrigerants are the same. Additionally, using a different refrigerant than was originally designed for your system may result in poorer performance and higher energy costs. 

3. You can choose to replace your old AC equipment with a new, high-efficiency unit that does not use R22, but instead uses other refrigerants that are less harmful to the environment and that are permitted by the EPA. These units will give you many years of dependable service and lower-cost cooling.

This may be the ideal time to change out your AC equipment.


Trust Gold Medal to help you to make the right decision about your air conditioning equipment. But remember, the longer you wait to replace your equipment the more costly it will be. And with the rebates and incentives that we are currently offering there might not be a better time to replace your air conditioner than right now. Call us today and we will be happy to send one of our experienced Comfort Advisors to your home for a FREE, no obligation consultation. Then you’ll be ready to make this most-important decision for you and your family.

Read more about the EPA R-22 ban.


Mike Agugliaro and Rob Zadotti

Owners, Gold Medal Service



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