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Don’t Be Caught in Short R-22 Supply or Forced to Pay Excessive Costs
 
 

In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted rules to enforce a phased elimination of hydrochlorofluorocarbon refrigerants (R-22) through 2020. Since that time the EPA has passed additional rules that have accelerated the phase-out by further reducing the allowed production of R-22 from the original 2009 production levels by up to 47%. These reductions may result in a significant shortfall between R-22 demand and available supply.

Create R-22 Transition Plan

To avoid potential R-22 price volatility and possible supply shortfall, customers should consider an R-22 transition plan.

Create R-22 Transition Plan

To avoid potential R-22 price volatility and possible supply shortfall, customers should consider an R-22 transition plan.

 

Incorporating Key Procedures into the Transition Plan

Regularly perform these steps for a successful R-22 transition plan.

  • Keep good records in order to baseline existing utilization of R-22.
  • Aggressively repair any refrigerant leaks you discover.
  • Recover, recycle, and reclaim R-22 refrigerant when possible.

Although recovery and reclaiming of R-22 has increased there is still estimated to be significant opportunities for recovery. In fact, the EPA has estimated that recovery of R-22 has historically been 5-7% of demand, while also estimating that recovery could provide 35% of demand.

There are alternative refrigerants that are reliable and cost effective substitutes for R-22.

 

Alternative Refrigerant Retrofit as a Viable R-22 Transition Option

Several hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants are available that are non-ozone depleting. Many of these have proven to be reliable and cost effective substitutes for R-22, and therefore viable options for equipment retrofit in an R-22 transition plan. In many cases the HVAC equipment can operate with the same oils or lubricants as with the previous HCFC or CFC refrigerants. Some also have very similar system performance characteristics to R-22.

Currently available alternative refrigerants include:
  • R-438A
  • R-422D
  • R-422B
  • R-421A
  • R-424A
 

Preparing for Alternative Refrigerant Retrofit

Considering an alternative refrigerant retrofit? The following are steps you will need to consider before deciding on or proceeding with a retrofit.

R-22 acceleration phase-out can become a snare for building operation, but creating a transition plan can help to avoid the trap. For more information, contact Speer Mechanical.

Need more information?

Jim Hangen 614.261.5149

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