Refrigerants & Reclaim

The Professor: Crankcase Heaters

Coping With Refrigerant Migration
By John Tomczyk
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Migration of refrigerant to the compressor’s crankcase during an off cycle is a serious problem, as significant compressor damage can occur if the problem is not remedied. 


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R-22 Phase Out — HCFC’s Final Orders

Now is the Time to Act and Replace R-22
By Peter Dinnage
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Europe is now only a year away from a total ban on R-22 and other hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). And the European HVAC industry has to act fast to get the message across to customers.


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India Blocks HFC Phasedown; Spain Approves F-Gas Tax

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India has continued to block the move for a global hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown at a meeting of Montreal Protocol nations due to concerns over cost and availability of technology.


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Poisoning in Spotlight During Awareness Week

National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week Aims to Curb Refrigerant Huffing
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As an HVACR contractor, you may be the first to spot signs of abuse, and your awareness may save a life. 


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Keeping R-22 Units Running on HFCs

Retrofit Procedures Can Extend Life of Equipment
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Retrofitting HFC refrigerants into systems designed for HCFC-22 is gaining attention especially in refrigeration because that sector moved especially fast to R-22 when CFCs faced phaseout. This article from Honeywell is a detailed look at retrofit procedures.


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Refrigerants, Refrigeration Publications Focus on Safety

ASHRAE 2013 Editions Incorporate New Addenda
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The 2013 editions of ASHRAE’s major refrigerants-related standards, incorporating 41 new addenda, have been published.


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Countdown Begins for HFC Phase Down

Move Away from Hydrofluorocarbon Refrigerants Guided Globally, Domestically
By Robert Wilkins
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Many advocates and policy makers are taking action now to find and use refrigerants with much lower GWPs than HFCs to anticipate the phase down and avoid what could be a costly double transition. 


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Ice Breaker: How to Size Replacement Cap Tubes

Replacing Because of Restrictions
By Joe Marchese
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One field problem frequently encountered with this type of metering device is that it can become plugged with system debris, causing a restriction. When this happens, the cap tube will typically need to be replaced.


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Refrigerants Take to the Floor

AHR Expo Abuzz With HCFC, HFC, and CO2 Talk
By Peter Powell
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Refrigerants are all the talk these days in refrigeration. That was evident at the 66th International AHR Expo in New York City.


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DuPont Snags Refrigerant Counterfeiter

T.A. Fresco Reprimanded for Selling Counterfeit Illegal DuPont Suva 134a
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DuPont Refrigerants announced a successful settlement with T.A. Fresco regarding a case involving the packaging and sale of counterfeit illegal DuPont Suva 134a.


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