The R410 phase out was announced in 2015 ! Almost 8 years to prepare. The industry should have been prepared by now. Sounds like my old company that sent more profits to the execs and cut the R&D departments.Well, to add more issues to the fire, I was in a meeting with our HVAC division last Friday.
The short story, as we all know getting supplies is almost impossible. Supplies/vendors have told our HVAC department to start rigging up workarounds because they have no parts to send them.
We all that this was bad, until the HVAC director explained that the EPA has R410 phase out that will go into effect at the end of this year.
R410a Refrigerant Shortages & Price Increases Causing Problems For The HVAC Industry - Future R410a Phase Out Planned By EPA By 2023 | Paschal Air, Plumbing & ElectricFor much of 2021, we have seen price increases and shortages on a number of commodities & products, many of them linked to the same core commodity shortages amidst unprecedented demand. Like many other industries around the world, the HVAC industry in particular has felt the compounded effects...gopaschal.com
This has led to shorts along with the supply chain issue.
In addition, currently there is nothing readily available that is backwards compatible with R410 cooling systems. So basically, next year they have multiple stores we service that they will not be able to get coolant/refringent for and that these systems will have to be replaced by the stores with systems that no one can currently get. These systems keep cool/frozen the food and most use them for the entire store.
They have talked to stores, some can't afford the proposed system and currently, the supply of the systems are months to years off before they will be arriving.
Sadly, it appears it will get a lot worst before it gets better especially, if our government doesn't make some changes.