On August 8, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 20 which phases-out HFC refrigerants. The word vacate suggests that Rule 20 is no longer valid, however, a rehearing request on the ruling was recently submitted by multiple third parties. If the court wishes to re-hear, the earliest that any decision will be made on the current HFC phase-out is late 2017. As such, all phase-out dates for commercial refrigeration product are still in effect until a decision is

Does this change Tecumseh’s alternate refrigerant plans for North America?
No, this does not change Tecumseh’s position. The company has reviewed and agrees that Low GWP refrigerants, inclusive of hydrocarbon refrigerants, are the right solution for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry and the environment. Tecumseh has and will continue to be an advocate of refrigerants that provide the best solution with respect to system energy efficiency and the environment.

What are the next steps for Tecumseh’s product offering?
Tecumseh is in the process of approving new and existing scroll and reciprocating compressor and condensing unit products for use with HFO and HFO-blended Low GWP refrigerants. These products are currently approved for use with refrigerant R513A as an alternative for R134a. Additionally, products are approved for use with refrigerants R407A, R449A, R448A and R452A as an alternate for R404A. Compressor and condensing unit Model and Item Numbers (Bill of Material) will not change. 

Will all Tecumseh compressor and condensing unit series be approved for HFO-blended refrigerants?
The majority of Tecumseh’s existing commercial refrigeration product offering will be available for use with alternate refrigerants. Depending on the compressor type and application code, some refrigerants may not be applicable for use. 

Publication date: 11/23/2017

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