Why phase out R410-A?
The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act was enacted by Congress on December 27, 2020. Part of the act is to further reduce HFCs. While R410-A refrigerant was meant to be better for the environment, it has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 2,088. The new laws will require a GWP below 750. Currently, there are two refrigerants set to replace R410A: R-32, which has a GWP of 675 and R-454B, which has a GWP of 465.
When will R410-A be phased out?
The proposed rule marks January 1, 2025 as the date that R410-A equipment can no longer be manufactured. There is currently no set date for when R410-A will be completely removed, however the phasedown calls for a 40% reduction by 2024, and ultimately 85% by 2036.
Will I be able to keep my current R410-A unit?
Yes. The ban on R410-A units applies only to new equipment. Units that are already in service will remain in service until it is time to replace them. If your unit needs to be replaced after January 1, 2025, you will need to change to a unit that uses one of the new refrigerants.
Will R410-A be available after 2025?
Yes. R410-A isn’t going to disappear overnight, but instead it will slowly phase out. It took 10 years for R22 to be completely phased out. As time goes on, there will be less R410-A produced, however it won’t be completely banned for a while.
We will continue to monitor the phase out and prepare our technicians and crew so they are trained to work with the new refrigerants. At Central City Air, we are always prepared to provide you with our “Consistent Quality Service”. If you would like to keep up to date on the refrigerant change and other HVAC news that matters to you, be sure to sign up for our newsletter: Click Here