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Our Services: Refrigerant Conversions

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The movement to convert HCFC refrigerants to HFC refrigerants started back in 1989 when the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer first went into effect to ultimately eliminate the production and use of CFCs and HCFCs, worldwide. Taking a multi-year phase out approach, the protocol requires elimination of the production and use of HCFCs by 2020 in developed countries and 2030 in developing countries. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established specific regulations to implement the Montreal Protocol, which incorporates a "stair step" approach rather than a flat percentage reduction in HCFC production and use. The EPA has since issued amendments to their original regulations, driven in large part by global warming effect of HCFCs.

On January 4, 2012 the U.S. EPA published a proposed rule titled "Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import and Export" with the intent of significantly reducing HCFC allowances (i.e. the right to produce and/or import virgin R-22) over the period 2012-2014. The proposed reductions ranging from 11-47% per year over the period 2012-2014, and are in-addition-to the 10% annual reductions already built into the 2009 final rule.

Although the final EPA rule has not yet been released, refrigerant suppliers have reacted to this proposed rule by increasing prices for R-22 significantly starting in January 2012.

Based on this proposed EPA rule, significant price increases on R-22, and the approaching 2020 HCFC deadline, we recommend you partner with Source on the following immediate courses of action:

  • Protect your current assets, now! - Make sure to protect the R-22 currently in your systems and save significant dollars by partnering with Source on the following three actions:
    • Checking & validate your leak-detection systems to make sure they are operating properly
    • Increase the frequency of your leak checking so that any leaks found can be addressed immediately
    • If you do not have a leak detection system, consider having one installed now!

Source is ready to assist with these solutions to save and protect your current refrigerant assets now!

  • Develop and implement a conversion plan - Ultimately you need to convert your R-22 (to other HCFC system) to acceptable HFCs, and with rising R-22 costs, pending supply challenges and a 2020 mandated ending date right around the corner, your conversion / should start now!
  • Source's Refrigerant Conversion Program is a turnkey solution aimed at helping grocery retailers convert phase out R-22 (which is used in more than 70% of the 34,000 supermarkets in the U.S.) to an acceptable alternative (e.g., HFCs or natural refrigerants) in a systematic manner. Our comprehensive program includes four main steps, each tailored to your specific situation. A brief program overview is shown below:
Process Step Key Components Customer Benefit/Value
Conversion Program Planning & Organization - Planning, Budgeting
- Communication
- Prioritizing
- Refrigerant banking goals, options
- An overall conversion plan that considers risk mitigation, scope timing, cost, gas banking options, great tool for budgeting
- A well thought-out plan
Survey & Engineering - Detailed engineering review to define scope of work for each conversiton
- Survey of each location for enabling accurate engineering
- Recommendations for modifications/improvements for each store
- Assurance that each conversion is being reviewed by professional engineers to ensure that the best refrigerant choice considering specific equipment and corporate GWP objectives - Opportunities for optimizing system performance post-conversions
Refrigerant Change-Out - Execution of change-outs per the detailed conversion plan and engineering review; coordinated with the local store operations to minimize store disruptions - Change-outs executed by the largest expert service provider in the industry with the size, expertise and resources to work around your schedule to minimize store disruptions and ensure the highest quality conversions; consistancy
Refrigerant Change-Out - Optimization of the entire system, including the EMS, post convesion - Ensures that each newly converted system is optimized for enery usage and performance

Why Source?

You have many choices when determining which refrigeration contractor to use for your refrigerant conversions.

However, if you want to minimize risk and ensure that your conversions are being executed in an efficient, consistent, professional manner, by the market-leader who offers a tailored, turnkey solution, Source is your only real option.

Source Feature Customer Benefits
Comprehensive Refrigerant Conversion Program Turnkey solution that addresses all critical steps of a conversion and all concerns; one-stop shop; work with one supplier-efficient; consistent
In-house Engineering Expertise Technical experts developing a customized plan that works best for each customer's systems and objectives; behind the scenes experts throughout the process
Extensive team of field resources with technical expertise Consistent/correct execution of conversions; on time, and at the highest quality level; can cover multi-sites; work to the customer's schedule
Energy Optimization Resources Ensures converted systems are operating as effectively and efficiently as possible; energy savings opportunities
Geographic Coverage Multi-site conversion projects, consistently, chain-wide, on customer's schedule

Please contact Source today at 888-473-3715 to discuss your specific R-22 situation and how we can work with you to minimize your R-22 costs and develop detailed conversion plans for the imminent R-22 (and other HCFC) supply challenges.