EPA’s 2018 DHP Refrigeration Regulation Change

Dec 11, 2017

Starting on January 1, 2018 the EPA will extend refrigeration management requirements related to ozone-depleting substances (ODS) to include R-410a refrigerant. Here are some high-level points to be aware of:

  • The regulations will apply to anyone installing, servicing, repairing, or maintaining a DHP.
  • The R-410a will need to comply with ODS sale and resale requirements.
  • Technicians must pass a certification exam offered by an approved technician certification program in order to maintain, service, repair or dispose of appliances containing R-410a refrigerants.
  • Technicians must keep a copy of their certificate at their place of business.
  • Technicians must maintain a copy of their certificate until three years after no longer operating as a technician.

Technicians working on regular air-source heat pumps are likely to already have the necessary certification.

The NW Ductless Heat Pump Program team is communicating this out to the supply chain and we encourage utilities to communicate the same to your contractor and trade ally networks.

For more information about this update, see this publication from the EPA.

If you have any questions about how these changes may affect the Northwest, please email or call (503) 467-2159.