R-410A: Refrigerant of the Future or Temporary Solution to R-22 Phaseout?

How many times in your career have you heard a refrigerant be dubbed “the refrigerant of the future,” only to become outdated and unused “in the span of one generation of equipment” asks Ron Rajecki in a recent article on achrnews.com.

With no sign from the EPA of targeting R-410A for a R22-esque phaseout or phasedown, the refrigerant may truly seem like the future. However, R-410A is still a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), which means the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol calls for its dramatic reduction in the next three decades. U.S. Congress has yet to ratify the amendment, but if and when they do the refrigeration industry needs to be prepared.

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