Minnesota’s nearly 200 indoor ice arenas are facing a costly deadline, and state lawmakers say it’s time to do something about it. Ice rinks across the state will have to change their air and cooling systems, and it could cost up to a million dollars each.
Some lawmakers are trying to help Minnesota ice arenas pay for a pricy upgrade. Beginning in 2020, there’s an international agreement to stop producing the R-22 refrigerant, which many rinks use to stay cold. The transition will mean higher costs, as the rinks will need to find alternative refrigeration systems.
Repair costs are up because of a dwindling supply of Freon, or R-22. It’s the key ingredient that cools the air coming out of your air conditioner.
It may be hard to keep your cool when you hear just how much it’ll cost you to repair your air conditioning if it breaks this summer.
A 36-year-old Apple Valley man is accused of stealing nearly $2,000 worth of Freon from his neighbors’ air conditioners, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court.