As of the 1st January 2015 it will be illegal to use any HCFC's to service or maintain any air conditioning or refrigeration equipment. All HCFC's will be registered as a banned substance and will be treated as hazardous waste.
The ban on the use of HCFC gases represents a very real threat to any company which use's refrigerant's such as R22 in there air conditioning and refrigeration system's. Sector's at the greatest risk include the food and drink industry, petrochemical's, pharmaceutical's, health, retail, finance, and data/comm's room's. Typical application's can vary widely but examples include refrigertion system's in shops and supermarket's, blast chiller's, cold stores and process chillers. Also many types of air conditioning system's will be affected from small single split system's to larger VRF's and water chiller's. Many of these application's are absolutely critical to the continued operation's of there owner's business.
As of 1st January 2015 it is ok to use air conditioning and refrigeration equipment containing R22 and other HCFC's, but there must be no maintenance or servicing undertaken that involves breaking into the refrigeration circuit's.
If your business has air conditioning or refrigeration equipment which was installed before 2004, it may contain R22 or other HCFC's. All such system's may leak refrigerant at some stage during the lifetime, after the phase out date it will be illegal to use HCFC's such as R22. So in the unfortunate event of a leak, the equipment will immediatley become unusable, part's for pre 2004 equipment are also becoming scarce. All the above sector's may have the need for critical cooloing system's such as data centre's. This could obvisouly cause serious consequences for any organisation which depends on it's equipment for the daily running of it's business.
There are 3 main option's to deal with the phase out.
1) Replace the equipment which use's modern refrigerant's and is alot more energy efficent, due to the new refrigerant's and the introduce of inverter driven compressor's (can save up to 60% on your annual electricity bill).
2) Modify the existing plant to use another refrigerant, however performance, reliability and energy efficency may be compromised.
3) Do nothing and risk significant downtime.
The selection of the best option needs careful consideration and will be influenced by your companies circumstances.
Direct Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Co Ltd can help you decide on the best option for your business. Call us today to arrange an assessment of your air conditioning and refrigeration system's.