Citing the globally mandated transition away from ozone-depleting refrigerants, York International Corporation announced it will stop offering new chillers using HCFC-123 refrigerant beginning Nov. 15, 2004.
York Americas President Iain Campbell noted that HCFC-123, an ozone-depleting chemical, is designated by the Montreal Protocol and the U.S. Clean Air Act as a transitional refrigerant. It is to be used for only a limited time to enable manufacturers to develop centrifugal chillers utilizing refrigerants with zero ozone-depletion potential (ODP).
"The legislated phase-out of HCFC refrigerants began in 2004,” Mr. Campbell said, “and the demand for HCFC-123 chillers is falling globally. York believes the time has come to complete the transition by ceasing to offer new HCFC-123 chillers. Today, we have a full line of zero-ODP chillers utilizing HFC refrigerants, which have no phase-out schedule.”
Mr. Campbell added that while York's HCFC-123 chiller is "an excellent product," the company no longer considers it prudent to recommend customers purchase a new centrifugal chiller using a refrigerant that is subject to a globally mandated phase-out schedule if there are better alternatives.
During the transition period, Mr. Campbell said that York pursued aggressive product-development programs for zero-ODP chillers. “As a result, today York has a full portfolio of HFC centrifugal chillers, which are economically priced and which meet or exceed energy-code requirements, both present and for the foreseeable future. An additional benefit is that they can contribute one point toward certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. For these reasons, YORK recommends that its customers continue transitioning to zero-ODP, high-efficiency, HFC centrifugal chillers."
York said it will continue to actively support all brands of installed CFC and HCFC chillers with maintenance, parts, enhancements, and service.
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