How will it effect an end user...?
Please do not assume that the equipment must be decommissioned and removed immediately if containing HCFC refrigerants...
As an end user of equipment containing HCFC refrigerants, you will have a responsibility to ensure the following...
- That the equipment is covered by the "F gas" law as explained in the menus above
- That any additional charges made after Jan 2010 are reclaimed refrigerants only
- That all work carried out upon the systems are recorded
- That the equipment is regularly leak tested and recorded
If the equipment is in good condition and good running order, it may pay to have the equipment converter to an alternative refrigerant. This does not suit all systems and can lead to capacity loss or premature failure.
Owners must give careful consideration to replaceing the equipment completely if the equipment is unreliable and, or in poor condition. New refrigerants and equipment are generally more efficient and cost effective to operate than older equipment.
Please note...No stockpiling of any virgin HCFC refrigerants shall be allowed from Jan 2010. reclaimed refrigerants may be used in the short term....