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Florida Conference Talks R-22 Phaseout

Among those on hand at a R-22 phaseout conference are, from left, Ronnie Delp of the Florida Association of Technical and Industrial Educators (FATIE), Pat Murphy of North American Technician Excellence (NATE), Hillis Davis of Carrier, and Brian Youngblood of FATIE. (Click on the image for an enlarged view.)

Carrier Florida presented information on the phaseout of HCFC-22, and the implications for the HVAC industry at the 42nd Annual Florida Association for Career and Technical Educators (FACTE) Conference. Carrier Florida is part of Carrier Corp.’s company-operated distribution network.

Speaking in Ponte Vedra Beach, Hillis Davis, Carrier Florida’s North market manager, said, “As we all know, Carrier is replacing R-22 with R-410A, which is sold by Carrier under its Puron® brand name.” In accordance with the Montreal Protocol, the U.S. and Canadian governments passed laws to phase out R-22. Davis said Carrier pioneered the use of Puron as a chlorine-free refrigerant in 1996 and has installed more than three million units. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations prohibit the sale of new equipment with R-22 by 2010, he said.

Davis said, “Carrier is very proud of its innovation and leadership in the HVAC industry in this product line.”

Brian Youngblood, president of the Florida Association of Technical and Industrial Educators (FATIE), said, “Hillis gave a precise explanation of what the HCFC phaseout means to everyone. As an educator, I take personal pride in every student who leaves my classroom and becomes part of our family in the HVACR trade. My sincere thanks and gratitude goes out to all who have made our conference a big success.”

FACTE is an organization that facilitates professional leadership and partnerships to prepare individuals to participate in a workforce. FACTE was formed in 1926 and is solely dedicated to representing the interest of career and technical educators. FACTE also encourages the development of local associations that will promote advocacy and professional development for career and technical education.

Publication date: 11/03/2008

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