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EPA Warns Against Use of Refrigerant Substitutes That Pose Fire and Explosion Risk

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air conditioning systems. EPA is currently investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a … Read More »

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EPA Proposes Faster R-22 Phaseout

How much HCFC-22 will be available to contractors in 2012 is an unanswered question as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers a faster phaseout of HCFCs. The EPA began the year by issuing a 75-page proposal called Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import, and Export. When and … Read More »

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What Is R22 Refrigerant?

The refrigerant known as R22 is a commonly used chlordiflouromethane found in air conditioning systems and several other refrigeration applications. R22 refrigerant is now banned for continued use due to proof that it can contribute to damage of the ozone layer. As of Dec. 31, 2009, it became required by law that any system that … Read More »

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