Since the beginning of 2012 R-22 refrigerant has risen as much as 350%. R-22 is the freon most residential and commercial air conditioners use. The sad thing is we don’t know how much higher it is going to go. This increase in price has to be passed down to our customers.

The reason for the price increase is due to our good old pals at the EPA. The EPA governs the production and import of all refrigerants. They set limits on production and imports each year, but have not set limits for 2012. This makes manufactures have to produce 45% less than last year, until the government decides to set a limit this year. This is not expected until summer of 2012.

The supply stores we get refrigerant from are also controlling how much we can buy. Some only allow two 30 lb. containers a weak others are 3 containers a week. All though most supply stores have stocks of freon they stacked up on in 2008 and 2009. So they bought it very cheap 3-4 years ago by the truck loads and now are charging us current price, making a 500% plus mark up.

This is all passed down to you our customers. We apologize for the inconvenience and burden of such a price hike, but this is very much out of our control. I wish I could do something about it. This will continue until Washington resolves this issue.

As a professional HVAC Contractor, our goal is to provide you with the best service and prices. Unfortunately we have no control over the cost of a commodity like r-22 refrigerant.

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