Future of Refrigerants

The Future of Refrigerants, Saying Goodbye to R-410A, are you ready?

ORACCA has been asked to  send the following HARDI 2021 Voice of Contractor Survey link to your local HVAC/R contractors and ask them to take this survey?

HARDI 2021 Voice of Contractor Survey

Here is some information on the survey that we can pass along to you:

The survey is being conducted by HARDI (the industry association of HVAC/R Distributors) to find out how distributors can best respond to the changing business environment.

As a thank you for completing the survey, the contractor will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 25 $50 VISA Gift Cards and HARDI will send them a complimentary summary report of this survey’s findings so that they can compare their company to national HVAC/R contractor averages.

For those of you who were interested in reviewing the presentation on Thursday, October 7th by Travis Smith on the future of refrigerants, please contact Dan Pfau at ORACCA Headquarters for a link and password to view the presentation.

If you missed it, this your chance to see what is coming down the pike in a very short time having a direct effect on your A/C product sales. The new refrigerants replacing 410A are going to be a whole new ball game.

Depending on your brand of product and the refrigerant used by that brand, your installation, repair, testing and a number of other functions, are going to go through some serious changes. Be informed and be prepared!

The phasedown schedule calls for a reduction in the production and importation of HFCs as follows; January 2, 2022 by 10%, January 1, 2024 by 40%, January 1, 2029 by 70%, January 1, 2034 by 80%, and January 1, 2035 by 85%. 

Replacing HFCs will be Low GWP refrigerants, many of which are classified by ASHRAE as A2L (slightly flammable), and A3 (highly flammable). New equipment manufactured to operate with Low GWP Refrigerants will require the HVACR workforce to utilize different tools and adhere to additional SAFETY STANDARDS when installing or changing out older systems and repairing existing systems in the field. When transitioning to new refrigerants, the industry has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive safety training to all industry stakeholders. This upcoming transition is no exception.

Every HVACR manufacturer, wholesaler, school, instructor, and contractor exposes themselves to potential liability when proper safety practices are not taught, mandated, and implemented. If an untrained technician is injured as a result of improperly using Low GWP Refrigerants, those involved in their training, or the sale of the refrigerant and/or equipment, are opening themselves up to the possibility of being enjoined in a lawsuit. Proper training consists of more than just offering a course, lecture, or certificate of attendance, it must also include a signed safety certification.