Rising freon costs surprising some homeowners

Updated: Jul. 12, 2017 at 1:42 PM EDT
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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Some homeowners are getting quite a surprise when they find out how much it is costing for certain repairs made to central air conditioning units.

Freon, which was the refrigerant used for many years, is being phased by the Environmental Protection Agency and will no longer be manufactured after 2020.

"Right now, because R-22 (freon) is still in the process of being phased out, that is the refrigerant that is in the majority of older systems, say 8-10 years old," said Mark Stout of Stout Heating and Cooling in Salisbury, "the prices have just skyrocketed as far as the cost for refrigerant."

Stout says replacing the R-22 can cost several hundred dollars, and that there may be additional expenses if a leak is found.

Freon is being replaced because the EPA has found that it is dangerous to the environment.

New systems use a refrigerant called R-410A.

Many of Stout's customers are replacing the older systems instead of refilling the freon.

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