RE: The Newest Rulings on Refrigerants.
Is the Time Up for My HVAC or Refrigeration Unit?
Dear Website Customer:
For many years our industry has used refrigerants
such as R-12, R-22, and R-502, that were considered safe for providing
comfort and proper operation for your home, business, or production
processes. Unfortunately, research started in 1974 by two scientists,
Sherwood Rowland and Mario Molina, and later confirmed by ozone
depletion research in 1985, have proven that these refrigerants
are causing damage to our environment. Subsequently in 1987, a
global conference was held later resulting in the Clean Air Act
This Federal Act has caused an entire upheaval
in our once predictable world of cooling and refrigeration. 1996
was the year many of our refrigeration customers will remember
due to the fact that as of January 1 of that year manufacturers
could no longer produce any CFC refrigerants. Those refrigerants
were used primarily in refrigeration and automotive applications.
Today, all cars use R-134A refrigerant as a result of this Federal
Legislation. Most of our refrigeration customers have been enduring
the costly result of this legislation as we have recommended retrofitting
your equipment to newer "ozone friendly" refrigerants.
What most people do not know is that
in 1996, the phaseout schedule for R-22 went into effect.
This will affect every residential split system
HVAC unit, and every commercial packaged HVAC rooftop unit you
own. The world as we know it with regard to refrigerant
is about to change in a big way and you are going to pay for it.
What happened to your car with
R-12 will happen to R-22 in your home and business!
This sounds bad, but fortunately many manufacturers
are looking into this grave matter and have already come up with
some good solutions. The long and the short of this story is to
realize three key points:
- Consider the refrigerant your equipment
uses during a major repair or replacement. Try to spend money
today that will comply with the economics of this phaseout by
considering the long term view rather than the instantaneous
- Consider the safety factor of the newly
proposed refrigerants. Some of these new refrigerants are thought
to be carcinogenic. Others are made with propane, butane, ammonia,
or other dangerous substances.
- Consider the efficiency of the new refrigerant.
Some of the new refrigerants actually outperform the refrigerants
they are replacing. Others can actually obtain more cooling from
your existing equipment with no additional energy.
We have a tremendous wealth of information
regarding this topic. Each persons needs are different depending
on how you use refrigerant in your cooling or process. Please
call me at (214) 631-1010 if I can obtain any information for
you, or make a specific recommendation. Id like to hear
KAHN MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS
Josh Kahn, TACL A370C