The EPA will allocate 80 percent of
the estimated quantities of R22 needed for servicing of existing equipment using HCFC refrigerants in 2010.
This allocation will decrease each year until 2015 so that the supply of R22 will be less than the demand. The
EPA will then issue allocations for the years spanning 2015-2019 based on servicing demand. This obviously will affect the price the customer
will pay per lb of HCFC refrigerant they may need in servicing their old equipment. This is why it is important
to go ahead and buy equipment with 410a rather than equipment still using R22. Some contractors will still be
offering the sale of R22 equipment they have on hand due to overstocking however if the customer buys this
equipment it will cost them much more to service due to the Allocation Rule.
Precharged Equipment Ruling
This rule will prohibit production of any air
condition or refrigeration appliances and components containing HCFC refrigerants by OEMs starting January 1, 2010. This prohibition pertains any equipment containing
R22, R142b, and any blends containing these refrigerants. This prohibition
will not apply in the following instances:
- Precharged appliances and components that
were produced prior to January 1, 2010.
- Will not prohibit the sale or use of
pre-2010 equipment containing HCFCs.
- Use of reclaimed R22 to field charge
equipment produced after January 1, 2010.
- Use of virgin or reclaimed refrigerant to
charge components being used for service only.
The following exceptions are important to
- Virgin R22 may be used for the onsite
installation of appliances for a specific job if components being used were produced prior to January 1,
2010 and if a building permit or contract was submitted/dated prior to January 1, 2010. These projects/jobs
must be completed before December 31, 2011 to qualify for this exception.
- Thermostatic expansion
valve(TXV) manufacturers may use R22 produced prior to January 1, 2010
to produce precharged TXVs until January 1, 2015.
- Virgin R123 & R124 are permitted in
newly produced equipment until January 1, 2010
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THE EPA WEBSITE BY CLICKING BELOW.