Most household HVAC units contain anywhere from about 2 lbs of refrigerant in a 1 1/2 ton unit, to 6 lbs in a 3.5 ton unit.
There are many different prices that HVAC Companies charge for the refrigerant. Most homeowners are not to happy when they have to pay the high prices it takes to get the proper refrigerant to their door. Upon searching online it was not uncommon to find companies that charge $100.00 a pound for R-22.
Below are a few comment’s I found while surfing the internet.
1: I sell R22 for $50 per lb. I figure that covers all the overhead it took to get the stuff to your door.
2: That comes with a caveat, though. For example, one Long Island-area company representative I spoke with said he charges $35 per pound, but that does not include the cost of a service charge. Most companies seem to charge about $115 for the labor portion. So, if your contractor charged you $100 to replenish one pound and that included the labor, then it sounds like you got a pretty good deal.
3: “When I got home, I got … a bill for $743.06,” he said. “I was pretty shocked to see that.”
The R-22 freon alone cost $664, or $166 a pound.
4: Why is the price of AC Freon so high?
The price of A/C Freon, or R-22, has skyrocketed recently due to a lack of supply caused by the EPA phasing out production of freon. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, the EPA is phasing out A/C Freon in stages.
Production/import was cut by 45 percent in 2012 and will be cut additional 30 percent in 2013. The plan calls for a total reduction of 90 percent by 2015, and production/import will be banned entirely in the U.S. by 2020.
What used to cost an A/C repair man around $60 per jug is now over $500! Unfortunately, that increase must be passed on to the consumer.
5: As an ac contractor for over forty years i can tell you this, the price of r-22 has gone up over the past 12 months. a reasonable price for one pound of r-22 should be between forty and fifty dollars. keep in mind this price is for the r-22 only. most contractors charge a service fee plus freon. our company charges eighty dollars to check and clean your ac, then add freon.freon cannot be checked and added properly without knowing the ac is clean and operating properly. so be sure to use a qualified ac contractor and not a freon jockey as we call them in our industry