Has the price of R22 just doubled?

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  1. Apr 18, 2012 #1

    Panabiker

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    Hi, I was looking to buy a can (30lb) of R22 last August and remember it was about $150 average. I didn't buy it because the weather got cooler and I though I could wait till this year. To my surprise, everywhere I looked, the price is now around $300. Did the price go up or it's spring versus fall price?
     
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    R22 is no longer the current refrigerant and is being phased out. I believe it is now R-410A.
    Just like when R22 replaced R12, the price of R12 sky-rocketed.
    That and yes the seasonal aspect doesn't help either.
     
  3. Apr 19, 2012 #3

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    In January the EPA mandated a 45% reduction in future production of R-22 in line with the scheduled phase-out. Prices immediately doubled nationwide.

    Sad to see it happen because I think 22 kicks all over 410a. we are seeing so many leaks in coils and pressure problems becuause it operates at almost twice the suction and head pressures.

    I am glad to hear it is 'earth friendly' because it is venting all over creation with the leaks it is causing.

    R134a was such a sweet replacement for R12. Unfortunately it is not that way with 410.

    Here is a head to head video of the two.

    article here on it

    http://phxheatpump.blogspot.com/2012/02/r-22-vs-r-410a.html



    I just was on a rooftop last night with a one year old package unit with a 410a leaking coil....
     
  4. Apr 20, 2012 #4

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    45% reduction? yeah, that explains the price jump. I was aware of the R22 being phased out but I though it would be a more gradual process.

    Besides R410a which is not a direct replacement for r22, are there any alternatives to R22? There is something called R22a but I think it's a hydrocarbon, flammable variety. Is Dupont's ISCEONĀ® MO99 any different? Can it be used to top off a R22 system without removing the existing R22?
     
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    I wouldn't. Neither is cheap. If you are talking about a top-off I'd use the 22. Mixing would risk an evacuation and starting over which would be really costly.
     

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