Air conditioning repairs could get more expensive

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Summer is almost here and it's time to turn on the air conditioning. If your unit needs a Freon refill, the cost increase might surprise you.

Since 1995, the EPA has been phasing out the refrigerant R-22. Most people know it by the brand-name: Freon. It's the most common type of coolant, but environmentalists say it depletes the ozone.

As supply continues to dip, prices will soar.

"We've already seen a huge spike in the cost of R-22. It is more than quadrupled in the last six months because in the year 2020, they're going to completely quit producing it and so we're going to have to rely on the stockpiles that we recover and reclaim," said Tim Hanlon, Grogg's Heating and Air Conditioning, INC.

There is a replacement liquid you can use, but it can't be mixed with Freon. Industry experts say if your unit is over 10 years old, it might be best to replace instead of repair.

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