CONSEQUENCES OF IGNORING THE R404A PHASE OUT
- Increased risk of systems failure
- Increased maintenance and repair costs
- Increased maintenance requirements for ageing systems
- Exponentially increased running costs
- Higher CO2 emissions
With January 2020 rapidly approaching, the impact of the R404A phase out is already being felt with R404A becoming more expensive.
Without the supply of R404A, repairs will not be possible resulting in an inevitable downtime and potentially catastrophic consequences, particularly for businesses.
If you currently have equipment that uses R404A, you are presented with three options – convert, replace, or leave the system as it is until failure. Your decision should be based on the type of system you operate, its age, condition and efficiency.
It is possible to convert/retrofit equipment using a “drop-in” refrigerant. This can be carried out only by a qualified engineer.
Replacing systems should be a consideration for those which are more than ten years old and less cost-effective to operate. By replacing it with newer, more energy efficient technology, significant savings can be made. Customers may also like to refer to the ECA (Enhanced Capital Allowance) scheme which affords tax relief for those meeting the criteria.
If you elect to continue using your existing equipment, it’s important to consider that from the 1st January 2020, it will not be permissible to carry out any service or maintenance work which involves breaking into the refrigerant circuit of a system that has a GWP greater than 2500 or a charge size of 40 tonnes of CO2 equivalent or more.
This service and maintenance provision shall not apply to reclaimed or recycled R404A. Provided that they have been labelled correctly and recovered from such equipment, until 1st January 2030.
Be one step ahead by calling or emailing us today. We can explain the options available to you make the transition from R404A a simple one.