What You Need to Know About R-410A Refrigerant for Air Conditioning Systems

On January 1, 2010 the EPA began requiring R-410A (also known by the brand names Puron, SUVA and GENTRON AZ-20) refrigerant in air conditioning and heat pump systems. This means that all air conditioning and heat pump equipment produced in or imported to the U.S. must use R-410A or another non-ozone depleting refrigerant.

Why was this change made?

The release of HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) into the atmosphere has depleted the earth's protective ozone layer, and created an ozone hole. This will help restrict the release of this manmade chemical and others that deplete this layer and help it to recover. This is a worldwide initiative.

How has HWA complied with the R-410A regulation?

  1. Air conditioners and heat pumps that use R-22 can still be serviced and repaired and R-22 will still be available for use in equipment that was manufactured prior to January 1, 2010.
  2. When a replacement system is necessary, a system can still be replaced with R-22 equipment as long as it is available. There is no ban on the sale of R-22 equipment, the new regulation only requires manufacturers to produce R-410 equipment.
  3. When R-22 equipment is no longer available HWA will replace the failed system with R-410A equipment.
  4. HWA offers R-410A modification coverage on every contract (excludes AllStar and AppliancePlus plans) and with this coverage, up to $500 can be used to upgrade the system.

Note: The price of these phased out coolants and R-22 system parts will continue to rise as their availability decreases, and may take longer to acquire.

For more information and FAQs on the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to phase out ozone-depleting refrigerants and how this may affect you, please see the EPA's brochure Phasing Out HCFC Refrigerants to Protect the Ozone Layer.

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