Thursday, December 24, 2009

EPA Confirms Matching Component Replacements as "Servicing"

EPA staff contacted HARDI today in response to our recommendations to confirm clarification of the HCFC Phaseout Rules' intent to define "servicing" of existing R-22 systems to include replacements of matching components (as long as they are manufactured prior to Jan. 1, 2010 if pre-charged). The EPA made changes to their HCFC Phaseout FAQ page and their regulations summary page to clarify the legality of multiple component replacements required to ensure proper equipment matches and optimal performance while servicing an existing R-22 system. This important clarification confirms what EPA staff had indicated to HARDI prior to finalizing the recently-released HCFC Phaseout Rules, and answers the final outstanding question HARDI had with the new regulations.

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