The new refrigerant laws you need to know

In today’s world, refrigerant is getting more expensive, criminals are getting craftier and some others may be trying to find a cheap way to get “high.” This is why we want to tell you about the new refrigerant laws you need to know.

This picture displays several different refrigerants that a technician will come across in the field.

IT’S THE LAW

Both IRC M1411.6 and IMC 1101.10 have been put into play in many areas around the U.S., which require that all accessible HVAC refrigerant ports to be secured with tamper-resistant caps…

IRC M1411.6 and IMC 1101.10

Now that we’ve seen the the new refrigerant laws you need to know, lets find out why they were made:

Originally, the mandate was brought into effect in the effort of reducing the increase of teen air-conditioning refrigerant-related huffing deaths.  As you may already be aware of, the refrigerant R22 is currently at the end of it’s life.  After 2018, R22 will no longer be manufactured and consumers will be forced to upgrade to R410A refrigerant and equipment.  This is because the EPA has decided on 2018 as the last year of the phase out plan.  With that said, the current price of R22 is enough to give consumers a serious headache.  Since the price hike, there have been countless reports of stolen R22 across the United States.  With only an extremely limited supply of recycled R22 available after 2018, we can only expect those numbers to go up.

Maybe it’s time for you to have tamper-resistant caps installed on your system…

Maybe the third time’s the charm…

How do tamper-resistant caps work and how can I get them installed?

We thought you might ask that!  Tamper-resistant caps work the same way your old caps do, except these caps can be opened with a key that only your technician has.  If you would like to have them installed you can contact us here or call us at (817) 354-5822 to schedule service.

 

It’s time to lock that refrigerant up!

(It’s important to note that the information in this news report is not 100% accurate and that R22 is not the only refrigerant being huffed or stolen. Even the newer refrigerants, such as R410a are experiencing similar issues and subject to the same laws.)