Here’s a sobering thought for you: The average age of a refrigeration service technician that works on supermarket equipment is greater than 55. That’s according to Terry Roberts, president of Merchandising by Design. Her question was, “Who’s going to maintain these stores” after these ‘seniors’ leave the industry?
The ‘R’ in Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) got its due at the 76th RSES Annual Conference and HVACR Technology Expo in Pittsburgh, Pa. Topics ranged from the latest trends in refrigerants to the servicing of equipment, from basic components to complex systems using such refrigerants.
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.
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.