Beginning January 2020 per Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s (AHRI) Guideline N, Assignment of Refrigerant Container Colors, all refrigerant cylinders should be painted a gray-green color, specifically RAL 7044. This is a change from previous guidelines set by AHRI that stipulated specific cylinder colors for specific refrigerants. However, as more refrigerants have been created, an increased number of cylinder colors have caused confusion and created safety issues in the field. Charging a system with the wrong refrigerant can cause damage to the equipment and to the user.
What will remain the same, is that AHRI mandates specific PMS colors for each refrigerant to be used on the outer packaging, like labels and cartons. You can find that list of colors here. Thus, the carton of each cylinder should remain the main source of identification of the contents inside.
For more information on these guidelines from AHRI, click here.
As the hot summer months and the busy cooling season come to a close, it’s important that all this season’s recovered refrigerant is recycled and cleaned up to AHRI-700 purity standards so it can be resold back onto the market. Properly reclaimed refrigerant is exactly the same as virgin refrigerant in purity and specification. Reclaimed refrigerant is also vital in order to continue the lifetime of equipment that uses refrigerants that are no longer manufactured. In addition, beginning January 1, 2020 the import and production of virgin R22 will no longer be legal, however, reclaimed R22 will remain legal for years to come. All of these reasons exemplify why it’s important to join a trustworthy reclamation program and get paid for all your recovered gas!
If you haven’t already looked into DynaCycle, our reclamation program, check out all the details here.
We also have an EXCITING offer for new DynaCycle members! When you join DynaCycle, between now and 12/31/19, you will receive a 5% rebate on an order R22 alternatives! See the full details and restrictions below.
In hopes of reaching their goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and to reduce HFC emissions to 40% below 2013 levels by 2030, California’s Air and Resources Board (CARB) has proposed regulations that would cap GWP limits on refrigerants and equipment. Throughout their regulatory process, CARB has requested industry and stakeholder comments regarding different aspects of their plans. Recently, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) submitted an alternative regulatory proposal requesting a longer phase-down on GWP limits and changes to what classifies as “new equipment”.
- 150 GWP cap on refrigerant used in new systems with more than 50 lbs of refrigerant by 1/1/2022
- A ban on the sale of virgin refrigerants with a GWP above 1500 by 1/1/2022
- 750 GWP cap for new stationary air-conditioning systems by 1/1/2023
AHRI’s Suggested Changes:
- 1500 GWP cap on medium-sized commercial refrigeration units with between 50 and 300 lbs of refrigerant in 2021 but delaying the 150 GWP cap until 2024, contingent on the adoption of safety standards in the California State Code
- AHRI is also recommending that new remote condensing units and those used in new construction, with 50-300 lbs of refrigerant, have a 1500 GWP cap in 2021, and a 300 (as opposed to 150) GWP cap in 2024
AHRI also hoped to clarify the definition of “new equipment” to which these GWP limits apply. Currently, CARB’s definition encompasses new stores and existing stores with equipment modified to handle an expanded cooling load or where equipment is replaced in whole or part so that the cost of the components exceeds 50% of the cost of replacing the entire system. AHRI’s concern is that under this definition a store’s entire system may need to be replaced long before it is due to be retrofitted. In AHRI’s new proposal they suggested that retrofit, maintenance, and replacement of equipment components “cannot be done for all applications given the current equipment limitations and restrictions of safety codes and standards.”
CARB is expected to approve final regulations in May 2020.
With less than 6 months until the production and import of R22 is banned in the US, recently there has been an increase in fear-based articles about what the future holds. First things first, don’t panic. The industry has been planning for the phase-out of R22 for a long time. There are many R22 alternatives that have very similar properties to R22 and can be used in R22 systems. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for January 1, 2020, the date import and production of R22 is officially banned.
Reclaimed R22 will still be legal. Reclaimed refrigerant is refrigerant that is recovered after use in an appliance and reprocessed back to AHRI-700 purity standards. It is as good as virgin refrigerant. As we get closer to January 1, 2020, it will become more important to recover and reclaim the remaining R22 supply so it can be resold back into the market. If your business recovers R22, now is the time to join a reclamation program because you could be paid for your recovered refrigerant. Click here to learn about the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange program which accepts all non-flammable HFO, HFC, HCFC and CFC refrigerants. When you join a reclamation program, they will take the dirty gas off your hands, pay you for it, clean it, and put it back on the market. Reclaimed R22 will ease the transition as the refrigerant industry completely adopts R22 alternative refrigerants.
There are many R22 alternatives that you can use in the place of R22. All these alternatives have different pros and cons depending on the circumstance you are using them in. For instance, if you are located in one of the many states that currently do or will require a refrigerant with a lower GWP rating, you should consider RS-44b. However, if you are looking for the easiest retrofit, with the most similar P/T chart to R22, 421A is the refrigerant you should choose. Please see the full list of R22 alternatives that Dynatemp Refrigerants Company carries here. These R22 alternatives can be used in R22 systems and come at a much lower price than R22.
Over the next five months, if you want to reserve an inventory of R22 to have on hand for special cases after January 1, 2020, you can still buy it at a decent price. Request a quote here.
While the deadline for the ban of production and import of R22 is fast-approaching, the industry is ready for the transition. With a great deal of R22 alternative options and the ability to use reclaimed R22, we are prepared for the next phase of refrigerants. If you have any questions about which R22 alternative is best for you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717)-249-0157.