State-of-the MAC Industry on Saturday, February 7, 2015
One of the programs during the 2015 MACS Training Event and Trade Show will feature a luncheon presentation on Saturday, February 7 with MACS technical advisor Ward Atkinson, who will explore the potential impact of multiple refrigerants and new regulations on the mobile A/C vehicle manufacturer and service industry, and ask the question “will history repeat itself?” Atkinson points out that, “Many replacement refrigerants were offered for use in the transition from R-12, causing many concerns, but history records that less than 10 percent of the R-12 fleet was ever retrofitted to use another refrigerant.”
EPA has recently proposed a rule which would phase out many of the currently listed SNAP refrigerants, and most significantly, would prohibit the use of R-134a in new, light-duty vehicles starting with model year 2021. Under the proposed rule, production and service use of R-134a is not restricted.
Under the EPA rules new vehicle MAC system use requirements for R-1234yf, R-744 (carbon dioxide), R-152a, and possibly new blend refrigerants, could all play a role in the transition.
The phase down of R-134a is occurring more slowly than the previous transition from R-12, and given there is more time, the industry should take advantage of this opportunity to plan better for the changes to come.
Mobile A/C professionals should plan to attend 35th annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Meet me at MACS Make Connections that Matter, February 5-7, 2015 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL. Registration is now open at this link or call the MACS office at 215/6331-7020.
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