Refrigerants & Reclaim

Products Helpful in Recovery, Reclamation

April 8, 2013

While the reclamation process may not be meeting industry expectations, numerous manufacturers are offering equipment and devices that make the process easier than ever before. 


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R-744 Goes Transcritical in North America

April 1, 2013

New refrigerated equipment is being designed to run on so-called natural refrigerants such as ammonia, hydrocarbons, and CO2.


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Mariel USA LLC: Refrigerant Recharge Kit

March 18, 2013

Designed for air conditioners, the R-410A recharge kit’s disposable, 1.8-pound R-410A cylinder is composed of a reusable gauge, ¼-SAE outlet, and shutoff valve/adapter 5⁄16 inch. 


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The Eight Steps of Retrofitting HFC Refrigerants

March 18, 2013
This article focuses on the retrofitting of HFC refrigerants into systems designed for use with HCFC-22. There are now a wide range of HFC retrofit refrigerants for a wide range of R-22 applications from air conditioning through refrigeration.


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Keeping Track of Refrigerants

March 18, 2013
With supplies of some refrigerants dwindling, costs rising, and recordkeeping and venting regulations in place, the need for careful refrigerant management is needed more than ever. That being the case, more and more manufacturers are coming out with products to address the need.


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The EPA Cracks Down on Illegal R-22 Importation and Sale

March 18, 2013
The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, an industry coalition, said in November 2012 the United States government successfully concluded 11 criminal and civil cases related to HCFC-22 refrigerant smuggling over the last two years.


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There’s Reason to Fuss About Hydrocarbons’ Flammability

March 18, 2013
A reader raised concerns over a refrigerant product on the shelf of a farm supply store. The product had as its sales pitch, “Why switch from the traditional R-22 refrigerants,” and it was noted on the label that the package contained the equivalent of 30 pounds of HCFC-22.


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Converting Away From R-22

February 25, 2013
With the impending phaseout of R-22 looming, the price and availability of the product will soon make it impractical to use. With virtually tens of millions of R-22-designed a/c systems in operation, refrigerant users and equipment owners will need to employ a number of alternative options to satisfy their cooling needs.


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Safe Servicing of HCs

February 25, 2013
HC refrigerants have an A3 safety rating, meaning there are flammability issues. Even so, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially gave Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) approval to R-290 (propane), R-600a (isobutene), and R-441A (a blend marketed by ComStar International as HCR 188c).


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Honeywell Announces New Refrigerant

February 25, 2013
Honeywell has announced the availability of an HFO refrigerant, which it trademarks as Solstice™ L-41 low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant, designed as a lower GWP alternative to R-410A.  


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