DENISON, Tex. (KXII)- Hunter Super Techs operations manager Devin Shrum says he's replaced over 70 air conditioning units so far this summer, all new models that don't use R-22 coolant.
According to the EPA, R-22 refrigerant used in some A/C units, also known as Freon, depletes the ozone layer, which is why the product will be phased out.
Shrum says newer a/c models will us a more environmentally friendly coolant, R410A.
"Its more environmentally friendly, less harmful to the ozone than the R22 was," said Shrum.
Starting in January, it will be illegal to produce R-22, and only recycled or reclaimed supplies will be available.
"The new refrigerants are actually less, but if you're using an R-22 system, you'll most likely have to replace or use an alternative refrigerant," said Shrum.
Shrum says the price of 410 could cost up to $60 per pound, while the price of R-22 could be twice as expensive.
"Upgrade your system to the new, more environmentally friendly refrigerant ," said Shrum.