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Expect costs to rise if your air conditioner uses Freon

Posted at 9:35 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 21:35:47-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Costly changes could be coming if you have an older air conditioning unit.

Residential and commercial air conditioning units could be using a refrigerant that will soon stop production.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the environmental protection agency will no longer allow the production of R-22, better known as Freon.

Experts say it has a chlorine in it and that is harmful to the ozone layer.

There is a newer refrigerant that is more environmentally friendly known as R-410-A,” but it can't be used in systems that take Freon.

If you have to switch to a new air conditioning unit, that could cost you more than $10,000.

Currently, Freon is running at about $200 per pound.

As the supply continues to fall, experts say the price will rise.