Survey gauges industry readiness for 2010 phase-out of R-22 equipment
Emerson Climate Technologies announced results from a recent survey of contractors and distributors regarding R-22 equipment phase-out by 2010. While 100% of those surveyed are aware of the phase-out, the measures they are taking vary widely.
Emerson Climate Technologies, St. Louis, announced results from the company’s recent contractor and distributor survey regarding R-22 equipment phase-out by 2010.
All of those surveyed said they are aware of the phase-out of new R-22 equipment. However, only 13% reported that they are exclusively quoting R-410A; 69% reported that they currently quote both R-410A and R-22; and 11% are not even offering R-410A.
One of the most dramatic points from the survey results shows that 40% admitted that they will wait until 2010 to convert their sales to R-410A equipment. The survey results also point to higher costs for R-410A systems as the primary reason.
“We’re encouraged to see such widespread awareness for the coming 2010 transition from the industry. However, the fact that 11% reported they aren’t currently selling or installing R-410A equipment at all tells us there is a lot of work to do to make sure that we, as an industry, are ready,” said Scott Barbour, president, Emerson Climate Technologies Air Conditioning Division.
There were positive findings as well. More than half of the contractors reported that their technicians and staff were trained to support R-410A, and the vast majority stated that they could easily find R-410A equipment. Also, 11% of those surveyed said their customers were already asking specifically for R-410A equipment.
For more information on R-410A readiness, including technical white papers, contractor checklists and more, go to EmersonClimate.com/refrigerant .