Emerson Survey Gauges Industry Readiness For 2010 Phase-Out Of R-22 Equipment

Emerson Survey Gauges Industry Readiness For 2010 Phase-Out Of R-22 Equipment

Results Show that Contractors and Distributors Know About 2010, Yet 40 Percent Say They Will Wait for the Deadline to Transition

ST. LOUIS, November 29, 2007 – Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced results from the company’s most recent contractor and distributor survey. Surprisingly 100 percent of those surveyed said they are aware of the 2010 phase-out of new R-22 equipment. However, only 13 percent reported that they are exclusively quoting R-410A, 69 percent reported that they currently quote both R-410A and R-22, and 11 percent are not even offering R-410A. One of the most dramatic points from the survey results shows that 40 percent admitted that they will wait until 2010 to convert their sales to R-410A equipment. The survey results also point to higher costs for R-410A systems as the primary reason.

“We’re encouraged to see such widespread awareness for the coming 2010 transition from the industry. However the fact that 11 percent reported they aren’t currently selling or installing R-410A equipment at all tells us there is a lot of work to do to make sure that we, as an industry, are ready,” said Scott Barbour, president, Emerson Climate Technologies Air Conditioning Division.

There were positive findings as well. More than half of the contractors reported that their technicians and staff were trained to support R-410A and the vast majority stated that they could easily find R-410A equipment. Also, 11 percent of those surveyed said their customers were already asking specifically for R-410A equipment.

Emerson Climate Technologies is surveying HVAC contractors and distributors to gauge their preparedness for the 2010 phase-out of all new equipment designed for use with HCFC refrigerants, including R-22. The 2010 phase-out marks a major undertaking for the HVAC industry. The number of products that will need to be changed over from HCFC to HFC refrigerants represents a significant challenge. Emerson Climate Technologies manufactures broad product offerings of both R-22 and R-410A compressors and related HVAC components. 

Learn more about R-410A readiness, including Emerson technical white papers, contractor checklists and more.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2007 were $22.6 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. Emerson Climate Technologies’ innovative solutions, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll and White-Rodgers, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment. For more information, visit www.EmersonClimate.com.