Convincing Customers to Use R-410A Refrigerant

December 3, 2007
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The demise of HCFC-22 as a refrigerant in new air conditioning equipment and the rise of HFC-410A as a long-term alternative have been talked about for years now. But in general, contractors are still slow to make the switch according to many in the industry.

Part of their challenge is to convince their potential customers to invest in R-410A equipment even though units using R-22 are still available and will be so for at least a few more years.

To help in that effort, manufacturers - who will no longer be able to make new R-22 units beginning in 2010 - are starting to gear up marketing campaigns that contractors can use with customers to convince them to opt for R-410A units.

One such campaign just being launched has created a creature called Refrigesaurus.

As developed by a marketing team for Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, Refrigesaurus is “an old dinosaur that depletes the ozone layer with his outdated refrigerant, R-22. Refrigesaurus represents R-22 in a manner that shows it’s nearly extinct.”

The dinosaur-like creature battles Bryantman, the superhero dealer who defends comfort and fights the evils of out-of-date heating and cooling technology.

The campaign encourages contractors and their customers to use air conditioning products that contain R-410A as the refrigerant.

In 1996, Bryant introduced a full line of products with R-410A (marketed by the company as Puron®), and now has over 1 million units in operation across the United States and Canada, the company said.

Publication date: 12/03/2007

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R-410a vs R-22

Greg Canniff
December 11, 2007
In the HVAC industry, there seems to be some confusion on when the equipment manufacturers must stop using R-22 to charge the new systems beginning in 2010. The law actually states that equipment cannot be charged with R-22 that has been manufactured in 2010. However if gas has been purchased before the 2010 date, that pre existing gas can be used to charge new equipment until it runs out. Equipment manufacturers can also use recovered gas that has been reclaimed back to ARI-700 (as virgin) spec. The phase out date for this gas is 2020. Therefore equipment manufacturers who wish to continue to use R-22 to charge their systems in 2010 and beyond have the above 2 choices. Chemical manufacturers will also be able to make and supply R-22 in 2010, but only for existing equipment that needs to be serviced. Not for charging new equipment. The following site will verify the above. http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/phaseout/22phaseout.html Also, when talking about global warming, few people realize that R-410a is HIGHER in GWP than R-22 by a CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT.

R410A vs R22

Richard Pelati
December 16, 2007
R22 units can be manufactured until 2020 they just can't be charged by R22 made after 2010 also R410a has 22 times the effect on greenhouse gases as R22 once again we have been sold a bill of goods by the gas manufactures just like on R134A.These equipment manufactures who have swallowed the Koolaid are going to have a rude awakening.

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