The F-Gas legislation intends to gradually limit and eventually eliminate the use of any Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a GWP more than 150 until 2030, a process is known as the “phase down.” This is already having a significant impact on the thermodynamic sector and end-users that utilize refrigerant gases for HVAC purposes.
Last year alone, the price of gases like R404A and R507A increased by 60%. Contractors and end-users were also subjected to price increases of up to 30% on the air conditioning refrigerant R410A. To make matters worse, some gas resellers imposed an extra per-kg cost for all refrigerants known as an Energy and Environment Surcharge (EES).
Assume you were running a huge R410A air conditioning system that leaked for some reason. The leak must be repaired and the gas re-charged in accordance with F-Gas requirements. If the leak is not handled or you elect to fill up your system, you will be in violation of the law and may face punishment for unlawfully venting refrigerant gases into the atmosphere.
Rising GWP refrigerants will become more difficult to get and extremely costly over the next five years due to high demand.
Our advice is straightforward: seek for eco-friendlier gases because of the rapid growth of technology and the emergence of new, much more energy-efficient and ecologically friendly alternatives, replacing high GWP gases with other high GWP gases has become obsolete. You can switch to eco-friendlier gases like R22 or R134a.
WESTRON® offers an inclusive range of commercial, substitute, transitional, and long-term refrigerants. We meet the performance levels of older refrigerants.