American HFC Coalition calls for stricter enforcement of U.S. laws
May 3, 2017
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has decided that U.S. industry is being materially injured by imports of refrigerant R-134a from China that are being “dumped” in the U.S. The USITC’s affirmative determination paves the way for the U.S Department of Commerce to issue an anti-dumping duty order.
Is it time to remake the image of the refrigeration technician? Could a new title for the role help the hardest-working men and women in the HVACR industry get more of the respect they so richly deserve? And, more importantly, could a new image help attract more young people to our industry? If so, maybe it’s time to introduce the newest member of the HVACR industry: the thermodynamic energy specialist.
Anti-sweat controls top Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association list
May 3, 2017
The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) has released its latest benchmarking snapshot, “Commercial Refrigeration.” The snapshot which utilizes information from the latest PRSM Benchmarking Report, “Energy Benchmarking Initiative Study,” the 2016 IBISWorld report, “Walk-in Refrigerator in the U.S. – Procurement Report,” and the new U.S. Department of Energy Updated Rule to Energy Policy Act.
The devil is in the details, and the wrong choice can cause issues now or in the future
May 1, 2017
When replacing a component, it is generally best practice to obtain its replacement by referencing its part number and installing a component with the same part number. Unfortunately, this is not always possible or practical. Due to the nature of the systems we service, many times we are forced to select a replacement component based on either a cross-reference or by matching its specifications to those of the original component.
R-404A is being used by OEMs in new equipment and also on retrofitted equipment. However, because of its high global-warming potential (GWP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, has listed R-404A as an “unacceptable” refrigerant in a number of retail food refrigeration categories and in vending machines end-uses.
The case can be made that recovery and reclamation begins with keeping refrigerants in the system where they belong; refrigerant that leaks out into the atmosphere is never going to be recovered or reclaimed.
Receives J&E Hall Gold Medal Award for work with chillers, heat pumps
April 4, 2017
Thomas Watson, a former ASHRAE president and retired chief engineer at Daikin Applied, recently received the Institute of Refrigeration’s (IOR) J&E Hall Gold Medal Award for his ground-breaking work to improve the efficiency of chillers and industrial heat pumps.