Repairing Air-Conditioners Bypasses Envronmental Rules

And keeps your house comfortable, further infuriating the hair-shirt brigade


When Mark Spector's central air-conditioning system stopped cooling his Trumbull, Conn., home this summer, he sent an S O S to his repairman. What happened next illustrates the myriad challenges the United States faces as it tries to phase out the popular but environmentally devastating cooling gas that was in Mr. Spector's unit.

The Environmental Protection Agency has tried to reduce use of this gas, HCFC-22, which depletes the ozone layer and contributes to global warming, by imposing strict quotas on its production. Since 2010, it has also banned the sale of new air-conditioning units containing the compound, and has promoted recycling of the gas from old machines so it will not be released.

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  1. I cannot fathom what this Kafkaesque bureaucracy will look like in 10 years. I’m sure that I will require a permit from 3 different agencies to type this comment this comment alone.

  2. In past HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbon) HCFC-22 was the negative thing used in air conditioning. Through which if it leaks, R-22 can contribute to ozone depletion standard. As new technologies are trending very fast to get the best installations of air conditioning. Well, I would tell you about upcoming new updates of air conditioning by which this disadvantage of ozone layer depletion through global warming has come to an end. We have various such companies who provide the latest technologies of air conditioning installations. One of the best which I tried is heater repairs NJ. Excellent quality service is provided through technicians.

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