The US Department of Energy looking to end Dry-Charge units
A policy statement released recently by the DOE announced that it will begin seeking penalties from manufacturers who produce unmatched central air-conditioners and heat pumps on or after February 1, 2016.
The DOE will also begin investigating the methods that manufacturers are using to to represent the efficiency of central air conditioners. This move will effectively eliminate the ability of manufacturers to produce dry-charge R-22 heat pumps and central air conditioners unless a waiver is granted.
Note: Not a single manufacturer so far has requested such a waiver.
Additionally, the DOE indicates that it will look unfavorably toward manufacturers who
introduce new (i.e. 14-SEER) dry-charge product to the marketplace in the recent/near future.
So what does this mean for you?
Essentially, it means “if you want them, get them while you can!”
Dry charged R-22 units are rather popular and certainly a great seller on Younits.com, while there are plenty of options besides dry charged units some people (and reasonably so) would rather replace their units with the same thing, or are just happy with their particular unit and would like a similar one in the event theirs goes out.