Originally Published April 2018
WHAT IS THE R-22 PHASEOUT AND WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT STEPS REGARDING A LONG TERM SOLUTION FOR YOUR SYSTEM?
In less than two years R-22 will be banned from further production and import, which will affect the current supply available for the remainder of this year, most likely resulting in rising costs for the remaining R-22 supply available. Last year we saw dramatic price increases and fluctuations and we anticipate that was only the beginning, with unknown and unstable future price increases expected.
What is the Phaseout? In 1993, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a phase out of the production and import of ozone-depleting substances (ODS), consistent with the schedules developed under the Montreal Protocol. According to the phase out schedule, in regards to HCFC-22 or R-22, by January 1, 2020 there will be no production or import of R-22. R-22 will still be in existence after the 2020 production ban but will only be available in stock piles or reclaimed form (used refrigerant reprocessed to the standards of new refrigerant). A larger percentage of R-22 units still have several years of useful life and will live through the ban and into this unknown pricing market. Good capital budgeting in evaluating your situation will help address your particular needs.
What are the next steps? As the weather heats up, so will the demand for R-22 and along with it a drastic increase in price. Moving forward there are three options:
(1) Retrofit your existing system for use with an alternative refrigerant
(2) Replace your system
(3) Continue to operate your existing system
Retrofitting your existing system to another compliant refrigerant substitute may not be a solution for all equipment or processes and will involve added costs and evaluation, and may result in reduced efficiency. Replacing existing equipment with compliant, readily available equipment may require more money initially but may reduce your electricity bill and save money over time.
Being proactive and reviewing your options to arrive at a best fit solution will help reduce unexpected costs and possible loss of cooling or comfort. Contact First Point Mechanical and let us help assist you in staying compliant with recoveries, retrofits, replacements and record keeping.
Reduce energy costs, enhance comfort controls and reduce equipment footprint
With only two existing thermostats for over 14 classrooms and offices, Loyola Academy was looking for a better way to control the temperature in each classroom and office. Being located in the basement, the new system also had to be able to dehumidify to maximize its' occupants comfort.
With limited space above the ceilings, Loyola Academy and First Point's engineers worked together to find a system that would meet both the space limitations and provide additional comfort controls to the teaching staff.
First Point Mechanical designed and installed the Mitsubishi VRF system that provides each classroom and office simultaneous heating and cooling . This project turned two thermostats into 14 individual controlled zones! This project also freed up mechanical room space and allowed the building to utilize this additional space for storage and classroom use.