Refrigerants & Reclaim

Consequences of Counterfeit Refrigerants

Contractors Continue to Play Important Role in Curbing Illegal Refrigerants
By Peter Powell
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Counterfeit and illegally imported refrigerants have existed under the surface of the HVACR industry for years. With hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 increasing in price due to a government phase down, more and more fly-by-nighters are working to get their hands on the product any way they can.


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How to Cope with Refrigerant Contamination

White Paper Addresses Concerns
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One issue concerning counterfeit refrigerants is the possibility of contamination in such systems. A major report on this has been published by the AHRI under the title: “Reports of R-134a Contaminated with R-40 and Other Refrigerants.”


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EPA Backs Obama Climate Action Plan

Videos Focus on Environmental Issues
By Peter Powell
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President Obama’s Climate Action Plan announced during the summer included a specific reference to global warming potential (GWP) issues related to a number of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants commonly used by contractors in the HVACR industry.


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Honeywell Gains Nod from EPA for HFO

Refrigerant Aims for Centrifugal Chiller Market
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Honeywell has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added HFO-1233zd (also known as Solstice™ zd) refrigerant to the list of materials exempted from volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations.


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Distributor Info Adds to HVACR Equation

Unitary, Mid-Year Reports Showcase Equipment Trends
By Angela D. Harris
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The “HARDI Unitary HVAC Market Share Report” provides market share data and analysis detailing unitary sales based on product efficiency for both ducted and ductless cooling equipment, as well as furnaces and boilers. 


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The Professor: TXV Dos and Don’ts

The Externally Equalized Thermostatic Expansion Valve
By John Tomczyk
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The thermostatic expansion valve (TXV or TEV) is a metering device located between the liquid line and the evaporator. 


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Regulatory Challenges Discussed at Symposium

Refrigeration Technology, Regulations Headline Latest Meeting
By Peter Powell
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Danfoss’ periodic EnVisioneering symposia look at a wide range of HVACR issues and topics. For its most recent event this past fall in Baltimore, the focus was on refrigeration, both in terms of regulations and the latest in technology. 


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DuPont Completes Enforcement Action

Chinese Company Caught Using Counterfeit Refrigerant Cylinders
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DuPont Refrigerants completed an enforcement action involving counterfeit refrigerants, resulting in the seizure of cylinders and packing in Hangzhou, China.


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Nov. 27, 2013: New System Manages Life Cycle of Refrigerants as Assets

Helps Provide Businesses with Supply Chain Transparency and Monetization
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EOS Climate has announced the launch of its Refrigerant Asset System™ (RAS), a cross-sector business model that focuses on refrigerants as assets. Refrigerants have traditionally been treated as consumables in a linear model, in that they are produced, used, and replaced on an ongoing basis.


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Nov. 26, 2013: US Eyeing R-134a Imports from China

Department of Commerce Asked to Impose Sanctions on Imports of the Refrigerant
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The latest skirmish concerning possible illegal refrigerants coming into the United States involves HFC-134a from China. A petition has been filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce in which Louisiana-based Mexichem Fluor has asked the government to impose sanctions on the imports.


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