Refrigerants & Reclaim

EPA Warns of Unapproved Refrigerants

Refrigerants Pose Potential Fire Hazard for Homeowners, Technicians
July 15, 2013

The EPA is currently investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a substitute for HCFC-22 (R-22), a widely used refrigerant in home air conditioning systems.


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FMI’s Energy Conference Addresses Energy Efficiency, Refrigerants

Refrigeration Technology Highlighted
July 15, 2013
The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Energy and Store Development Conference will be held Sept. 8-10 at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore. Highlighted educational sessions include Food Retailing 2013: Tomorrow’s Trends Delivered Today, Supermarket Energy Reduction Plans, and more.


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Mixing R-22 with Other Refrigerants Can Create a Mess

New Refrigerants Require Careful Use
July 15, 2013
The dramatic market shift away from HCFC-22 has given rise to a number of new refrigerant options for distributors to sell and technicians to use. The fastest-growing and most-troubling concern being reported today is the practice of mixing alternative refrigerants with R-22.


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Alliance Notes F-Gas Economic Impact

Fluorocarbon Industry Yields Goods and Services in Billions of Dollars
July 15, 2013
The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (Alliance), an industry coalition, has released a report detailing that the U.S. fluorocarbon industry’s total annual sale of goods and services amounts to $158 billion.


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July 2, 2013: EPA Warns Against Use of Propane as R-22 Substitute

Unapproved Propane-Containing Refrigerants Pose Fire and Explosion Risk
July 2, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning HVAC technicians, home improvement contractors, propane manufacturers and sellers, and homeowners of the potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in residential air conditioning systems.


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The Professor: Recognizing, Solving Refrigerant Migration

Eliminating Refrigerant from the Compressor’s Suction Line or Crankcase
July 1, 2013

During the off cycle, or especially during a long shutdown, refrigerant will want to travel, or migrate, to a place where the pressure is the lowest. 


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HCs: Revisions, Efficiencies, Warnings

Examining, Tweaking, and Considering the Legality of Hydrocarbon Refrigerants
July 1, 2013

The road to wider use of HC refrigerants remains a rocky one — although it is still being navigated. The latest developments involve more revisions to the regulatory landscape, the tweaking of a refrigerant mix to make it more energy efficient in certain applications, and, as always, warnings about flammability.


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HRAI Warns Fire Marshals of Flammable Refrigerant

Refrigerant Contains 'Extremely Flammable' Mixture of Propane and Isobutene
July 1, 2013

HRAI released a statement revealing that fire services could be at an additional risk when responding if the building has a highly flammable hydrocarbon refrigerant in its air conditioning system.


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June 24, 2013: SAE’s Final R-1234yf Safety Research Says Risk Is Minimal

R-1234yf Refrigerant Is Determined to be Safe to Use
June 24, 2013
Utilizing input from Daimler, SAE International initiated additional safety research looking at R-1234yf, a new low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant that can be used in automotive applications. SAE said its original risk assessment is still valid: risks are well below the risks commonly viewed as acceptable.


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European Rapporteur Recommends Widespread HFC Refrigerant Ban

Recommendation Would Prohibit HFC Use in HVAC Units
June 24, 2013

A widespread ban of HFCs has been recommended to the European Parliament by the F-Gas Regulation review’s rapporteur, Bas Eickhout, Dutch Green MEP, who has also called for a series of significant amendments to the European Commission’s proposal, published late last year.


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