April 11, 2005Well, it's getting to be that time of season again. Everyone's going to make sure their AC working up to par. ..... Just wondering, after all the huff and gruff over R12 killing the ozone. Then making everyone change to R134a, now the price of the R134a has gone by way of the R12. .... Last year a 30lb cylinder of R134a was about $40 ..... This year it's up to $375 already and climbing ..... Is this happening everywhere? Or just here? ..... I was talking to a buddy that owns the local auto parts store, he says that there are a few theories as to why the sudden rise in cost. One is some big fire, in one of the main production facilities, set back production of the R134a so far that there's a major shortage. Another theory, pretty far fetched I might add, is that China is buying up all the R134a for use in it's auto production. Apparently they've never had air conditioned autos, I don't believe it..... One more theory, and the one I believe to be most true, is that the car manufacturers in this country are buying it all up because they're going to change the freon again, and the car dealers are now required to service their vehicles for up to 10 years, so they would definitly need the freon .........
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April 12, 2005FM, I believe the freon change theory too. There is already a new freon out that will replace R-22 in the near future that many of our A/C guy's are being trained on. R-410 I think it is. Operates at much higher pressures than R-22. The same could hold true for 134a. Since a new replacement may be out there that operates on higher pressures, the auto makers are buying up all 134a to prevent them from having to all of a sudden make major changes to the A/C systems to accomodate this new freon.
April 15, 2005Here's a copy of a letter my buddy who owns the auto parts store recieved .....
So you see .... The real reason for the 'shortage' is they want more money !