David Jolley, Pinnacle’s National Director of Maintenance, was a guest panelist at the recent NAA Education Conference in Atlanta in a session titled “Round and Round with HVAC.” Participating alongside factory representatives from Goodman Manufacturing, Carrier Manufacturing and Paul Rhodes, Director of Maintenance Training for NAA, David and the panel discussed where the industry might be headed relative to the phase out of R-22 air conditioning refrigerant.
Since the mandate was passed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to eliminate the use of ozone-depleting substances such as HCFC-22 (R-22), it has been difficult for users to determine the best ozone-friendly substitutes. The panel discussed the challenges associated with some of the 16 possible alternatives while representatives from Carrier and Goodman shared what their companies are doing and gave their insight for the multifamily industry.
David initiated conversation about some of the difficulties he has faced with the clean air initiative and was reassured that Pinnacle is on track for 2017. He and the panel also shared ways in which maintenance personnel can get answers to HVAC-related problems and facilitate easier decision-making.