Senators Introduce Bill To Phase Out HFC Refrigerants

Last week a new bill was introduced into the Senate. This bill called ‘The American Innovation and Manufacturing Act,’ aims to give the power back to the Environmental Protection Agency. To understand this bill you have to know the history behind it and what has taken place over the past year. Towards the end of the … Read more

US Court Rejects Chemours/Honeywell Appeal on HFC Refrigerants

On January 26th, 2018 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against the appeal on HFC refrigerants. The appeal comes from an earlier court ruling back in August of 2017. In August a US Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 SNAP Rule  20. This rule, which was … Read more

What is the F-Gas Regulation?

EU Phasing out HFC

The F-Gas regulation is a set of rules and guidelines that is now in place throughout the European Union. It can be traced all the way back to a 2006 legislation called the ‘F-Gas Regulation.’  The initial goal of this legislation was to stabilize levels of the European Union’s F-Gas emissions to that of 2010 … Read more

R-134a Prices Going Up & Up in December 2017

Well folks, I’m already striking out on my prediction for R-134a pricing for next year. I wrote an article towards the beginning of this month stating that the price of R-134a would remain rather stable over the winter and into the summer of 2018. Lo and behold, two major refrigerant distributors announced significant increases in … Read more

When Will R-410A Be Phased Out?

Let me preface this article by saying that this information is as of today, December 14th, 2017. This information may change in the future as it usually does but the facts that I present here are what is known today. In the summer of 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency added a new rule to their … Read more

When Will R-134a Be Phased Out?

Let me preface this article by saying that this information is as of today, December 14th, 2017. This information may change in the future as it usually does but the facts that I present here are what is known today. In the summer of 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency added a new rule to their … Read more

When Will R-404A Be Phased Out?

Let me preface this article by saying that this information is as of today, December 14th, 2017. This information may change in the future as it usually does but the facts that I present here are what is known today. In the summer of 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency added a new rule to their … Read more

HFC Phase Outs, The EPA, The White House, and Me

Donald Trump's Affect on the Refrigerant Industry

Those of you who follow my posts will know how I feel about the EPA’s SNAP Rule 20. The Rule 20 is the EPA’s planned phase out of HFC refrigerants across the United States. Depending on the application and the type of refrigerant used there were different dates that they would be phased out. This … Read more

AHRI Pushing the EPA for an Appeal on HFC Ruling

Almost two months ago on August 8th, 2017 a federal court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ban and phase-out of HFC refrigerants. Originally, the EPA had planned phase out of HFC refrigerants to begin next year with R-404A and again in 2020/21 for R-134a. I’ve written about this ruling before so I will … Read more

Federal Court Strikes Down EPA’s Phase-Out of HFC Refrigerants

Greetings everyone! I welcome you this weekend to breaking news in the refrigeration world. On August 8th, just a few days ago, a Federal Court in Washington D.C. ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed phase-out of HFC refrigerants. The lawsuit against the EPA and federal government was brought by one of the largest manufacturers of … Read more

New HFC Purchase Regulations for 2018

Well folks the do-it-yourselfer air conditioning repairman will be quickly coming to a close at the end of this year. No more novices trying to ‘recharge’ their system. No more guys just dumping more refrigerant in. Well, we can at least hope so…unless these guys have a friend in the business. Some of the techs … Read more

Honeywell Celebrates 15,000th Supermarket Converting Over to R-407F

Honeywell Refrigerants

The race is on to find suitable alternatives to R-404A. In 2009 the Honeywell corporation invented a new refrigerant called Genetron Performax (R-407F). This new refrigerant is an HFC blend containing forty percent of R-134a, thirty percent of R-125, and thirty percent of R-32. The thinking behind this refrigerant was to come up with a … Read more