The Final Phase-Out Of R-22

In 2010, regulations required that the manufacture of air conditioning systems using R22 freon cease.  Many manufacturers found a loophole and continued to produce these units through 2015 by shipping the units without refrigerant.  These "dry ship" units are still being installed today as inventories are depleted.

Surgi's has not installed a system using R22 since 2006.  We felt that the scarcity of R22 would place an undue burden on our customers in the future.  We also support the reduction of greenhouse gasses.

Meanwhile, the production of R22 has been dramatically reduced from a high in 2013 of 63 million pounds to 18 million pounds in 2016.  As a result, the cost of R22 has increased 500% in the last 5 years.  The cost of charging a 3 ton air conditioning system with R22 now costs between $600 and $1,000.

If Your R22 System Fails You Have Options  

Some air conditioning companies are aggressively trying to sell new air conditioning by condemning older systems that may only require relatively minor repairs.  Surgi's offers free second opinions for customers that have paid a company for an evaluation and may have second thoughts about their diagnosis.  Just provide a copy of a paid invoice to another company less than 30 days old and we will confirm the diagnosis of your system at no charge.

Surgi's has had some success with modifying an existing evaporator coil with a valve to make it compatible with the new condensers and refrigerant (R410a).  This solution is considered temporary in that if the old coil is not rated to handle the operating pressures of R410a it may develop leaks.  Also, the cooling capacity of this configuration may be reduced.

If you have gas heating and your heater is in good shape you have the option of only replacing the condenser and evaporator coil.  When your furnace requires replacement, you will pay a premium for a new installation versus having the heater replaced as part of a complete system installation.

If you do require a new system we have teamed with several manufacturers to provide 0% financing for up to 60 months on many of the new, high efficiency systems in the marketplace.  The efficiency savings provided by these new systems can often approach the monthly financing payment.

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