For years, hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants such as R-410A have been the norm in the HVAC industry. However, with the passing of the American Innovation & Manufacturing (AIM) Act in 2020, we have begun a gradual phase-down of the supply of HFCs which will continue over until 2036 where we will reach an 85% reduction from the baseline. To balance supply and demand, the EPA has also proposed restrictions on HFCs in some new appliances with compliance dates as early as 2025*. Many of these new lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants are classified by ASHRAE as A2L, or mildly flammable.
These regulations will require the transition to lower GWP and the industry has largely selected mildly flammable refrigerants as the replacement in air conditioning and heat pumps, which means technicians, contractors, wholesalers, and distributors will need the proper education and resources to know how to handle these systems safely. Copeland surveyed contractors and wholesalers on how they’re preparing for these new refrigerant requirements and found that respondents were more knowledgeable and taking more action regarding these requirements than in previous surveys. More industry professionals are taking action to reshape plans to handle these changes by engaging with OEMs, attending product seminars, and utilizing other educational resources.
See how experts responded to our latest regulation readiness survey and learn how Copeland is dedicated to educating customers and providing them with solutions that accommodate the latest refrigerant requirements:
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[*Today, 13 states have requirements for chillers to transition in 2024. Product segments including heat pump pool heaters and heat pump water heaters are not currently within regulation scope at either the state or federal level.]