While R-22 refrigerant is being phased out by the U.S. government, officials with HVAC market chemicals maker Arkema Inc. said it has plenty of the refrigerant on hand to meet demand.
“Although R-22 is being phased out, we believe it’s still the best option for many R-22 applications because these systems were specifically designed for use with R-22,” said Glenn Haun, director of sales for Arkema’s North American fluorochemicals business. “With the current EPA allowances and existing inventories, we believe there will be a sufficient amount of R-22 to supply and service existing R-22 equipment for years to come.”
The Environmental Protection Agency released its final rule on R-22 allowances in October 2014. The manufacture and use of R-22 will end by 2020, according to the agency.
“As the largest HCFC-22 refrigerant allowance holder, Arkema is committed to working with our customer base to supply Forane 22, Forane 410A refrigerants, and our complete line of blends, including our R-22 retrofit Forane 427A,” Haun said. “We are working closely with our customers to jointly develop a long-term refrigerant supply strategy which will allow them to carefully develop a long term R-22 transition plan and consider all options, including Forane 427A, ‘the Easy Retrofit.’ Forane 427A works in air conditioning, heat pumps, and refrigeration systems due to its comparable capacity and nearly identical pressures to R-22.”