Articles Tagged with ''R-22 refrigerant''

The New F-Gas Is Here. Don’t Panic. Don’t Do Nothing

Want A Quiet Life After R-22? Think Again – It’s Time to Embrace a New Way of Working
By Andrew Gaved
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Welcome to year zero. The waiting is over and the F-Gas regulation has passed into law and life as we know it changes forever. Over-dramatic? Well, it will be a dramatic shift for everyone in the industry who thus far have somehow managed to avoid all the noise from the supermarkets about the need to move away from HFCs.


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R-22’s Murky Run to the End

Timelines, Scenarios Abound
By Peter Powell
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Well, the adventures of HCFC-22 have certainly gotten interesting. For seemingly forever, we’ve known the final phaseout for the production and importation of R-22 was going to be Dec. 31, 2019. But then the EPA called for a more aggressive reduction, set to end in 2018. Then, some industry folks entered into the fray this year.


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Dec. 11, 2013: EPA Proposes Final Timeline for R-22 Refrigerant Phase Down

Proposal Picks Up on a Previous Production Timeline for 2013 and 2014
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a final timeline for the phase down in production of virgin HCFC-22 leading to the refrigerant’s total phase out in 2020.


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Consumer Media Spreading the Word on Industry Concerns

TV Station Airs Story on R-22 Phaseout
By Peter Powell
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We should always be happy when the media outside our industry draws attention to the challenges faced by HVACR contractors.


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Mixing R-22 with Other Refrigerants Can Create a Mess

New Refrigerants Require Careful Use
By Gordon McKinney
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The dramatic market shift away from HCFC-22 has given rise to a number of new refrigerant options for distributors to sell and technicians to use. The fastest-growing and most-troubling concern being reported today is the practice of mixing alternative refrigerants with R-22.


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July 2, 2013: EPA Warns Against Use of Propane as R-22 Substitute

Unapproved Propane-Containing Refrigerants Pose Fire and Explosion Risk
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning HVAC technicians, home improvement contractors, propane manufacturers and sellers, and homeowners of the potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in residential air conditioning systems.


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There’s Reason to Fuss About Hydrocarbons’ Flammability

By Peter Powell
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A reader raised concerns over a refrigerant product on the shelf of a farm supply store. The product had as its sales pitch, “Why switch from the traditional R-22 refrigerants,” and it was noted on the label that the package contained the equivalent of 30 pounds of HCFC-22.


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EPA Further Tightens the R-22 Spigot

2013 Allocation Reduced to 39 Million Pounds
By Peter Powell
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It appears as if the spigot of new R-22 available to HVACR contractors has been tightened even more in 2013. Users of the world’s most popular HCFC could expect close to 30 percent less of new R-22 this year than last, according to some reports.


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RMC Announces 'Right' Contest Winners

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Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC) announced Brody Thompson, of Brody’s Mechanical Services, Simcoe, Ontario, and Ozzie Xue, Servocraft Ltd., Toronto, as grand-prize winners in the RMC “Right” Wholesaler promotional campaign.


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ICOR Expands Reclaim Operation

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In response to the accelerated phaseout of HCFCs, Indianapolis-based refrigerant producer ICOR International has expanded its refrigerant reclamation operations.


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