01 PORTABLE A/C AND HEATING THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NEWSMAGAZINE SINCE 1926 JULY 3, 2017 | $5.00 | ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM | Brace for High Refrigerant FYI HVAC BRIEFS Prices this Summer Supply struggles in China, anti-dumping duties in US are contributing factors BY RON RAJECKI THE NEWS STAFF COMMERCIAL CONTRACTOR University Mechanical and Engi-neering Contractors Inc. (El Cajon, California), a subsidiary of Emcor Group Inc. (Norwalk, Connecticut), was awarded the 2017 Tom Guilfoy Craftsmanship of the Year Award by the California chapter of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA). C ontractors may well have been wondering about the noticeable increase in R-410A prices. A 25-pound cylinder that was sell-ing for about $150 back in December is now selling for about $240. FINE CHINA According to industry sources, the cause of recent price increases on R-410A and other hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) can be largely traced to China. In January, the Chinese government strengthened workplace safety rules at fluorspar mines and in hydrofluoric (HF) acid plants. These new rules caused some of the HF plant operators to stop produc-tion until they could meet the new regu-lations. Since HFC refrigerants are made from HF, the short supplies of HF have impacted HFC prices. In addition, a major perchloroethylene (PCE) plant in China took an unplanned outage after an equipment failure in the beginning of the year. This plant sup-plied PCE, which is a key raw material n See PRICES | Page 15 MANUFACTURERS Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. (San Antonio) partnered with Johnstone Supply Inc. (Portland, Oregon) to pro-vide Friedrich chill room air conditioning units for 11 homes owned and managed by Tempro Development Co. (New York), a nonprofit organization that builds housing for homeless families. Honeywell Intl. Inc.’s (Morris Plains, New Jersey) board of directors member Robin Washington was awarded the 2017 Hall of Fame Life-time Achievement Award at the 12 th Annual Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. UPWARD TREND: Recent events in China and Washington, District of Columbia, mean the prices of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as R-410A, are likely to remain high this summer. continued on Page 5 Portable Units Cross HVAC Market Barriers Portable heating and cooling units provide comfort solutions in various applications and settings BY NICOLE KRAWCKE THE NEWS STAFF P ortable heating and cool-ing units, like most HVACR products, continue to evolve as advances in technology allow manufacturers to meet consumer demand in previously improbable appli-cations and markets. In fact, portable units are increasingly being used as more permanent solutions, according to Brittany Calderon, product manager – consumer products, Friedrich Air Conditioning. “There is definite growth in this [por-table] category,” Calderon said. “Tradi-tionally, portable units have largely been consumer-oriented products used primar-ily for supplemental and temporary cooling in hot-spot locations, where more perma-nent solutions could not be provided. “Today, we are seeing increasing use of portables as a primary means of cool-ing for areas, such as home offices, server rooms, and in homes that don’t have central air and only need cooling a few months out of the year,” Calderon con-tinued. “Friedrich also is seeing more demand from HVAC contractors when it comes to offering their customers por-table units as an option for supplemental cooling while work is being done to their primary systems.” Calderon also noted she is seeing a rise in convenience features as well as n See PORTABLES | Page 11 Follow The NEWS on Twi� er LEADER IN�HVACR�NEWS! FOLLOW�THE > www.twitter.com/ACHRNews BTU�BUDDY �� REAL LIFE SERVICE CALL SCENARIOS Wri� en by Bill Johnson Originally posted online on the Extra Edition page of The NEWS’ Website. Follow The NEWS on Facebook > www.facebook.com/ACHRNews Follow The NEWS on LinkedIn > http://linkd.in/oGYNol BUY�IT�TODAY! Go online to www.achrnews.com/products and click on HVAC.