ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announced the launch of its new A2L Refrigerant Training.

Bringing this A2L refrigerant training to the marketplace (specifically for equipment containing 6.6 pounds or less of A2L refrigerant), was made a priority by ACCA board chair, Lanny Huffman of Hickory Sheet Metal Co. Buzz around A2Ls started in 2019, and Huffman took proactive measures by participating in a safe refrigerant transition task force, coordinated by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), to educate the HVAC industry at large.

“This training is necessary because there has not been updated training on HVAC refrigerants in years,” said Huffman. “With this transition to mildly-flammable refrigerants, this changes the handling protocol considerably. In the interest of consumer protection and HVAC employees, proper training needs to be in place to ensure the safety of all involved.”

“The purpose of this training is to prepare early adapters in the industry for the transition from R-410A to A2L,” said Wes Davis, ACCA director of technical services. “This transition is necessary because it is part of the Kigali Amendment, and we are taking important steps to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous refrigerants that are responsible for ozone depletion.”

The ACCA A2L Flammable Refrigerant Training was developed by using the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 15-2019, and UL-240 standards.

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