R134A Price rise in 2018

Why has the cost of re charging my air con increased this year ?

In 2015 regulations were introduced that restricted the production of HFC's. R134A is one of those.

Until this year there has been a surplus stock available so the price has remained stable and low for many years.

Those surplus stocks are now diminished and as a result the cost of the refrigerant has increased up to eight fold at the time of writing this article.