Reclaiming market-staple R-410A ‘makes good business sense’
November 30, 2015
Diversified Pure Chem (DPC) has launched a nationwide initiative to purchase recovered R-410A. Through this program, DPC reimburses HVACR professionals based on the refrigerant’s weight and purity, and issues a payment within 30 days of receiving the gas.
History, they say, repeats itself. The HVACR industry is not immune to the truth of this saying. A good case in point was the introduction of R-410A earlier this century, compared to the introduction of R-22 in the 1930s.
While polyvinylether (PVE) oil first started to be used by OEMs in 2010, it continues to draw interest, especially as a possible alternative to polyolester (POE) oils with HFC refrigerants. “So far in the States, we have two manufacturers using PVE extensively,” said Eric Schweim of Idemitsu Lubricants America Corp.
It has been more than two decades since the first refrigerant recovery unit came to the HVACR market and became part of the tool arsenal for service technicians. Over that time, two things have become clear: Even a repairable unit doesn’t last forever and the newest units are able to do far more than their predecessors.
Every year there was at least one unexplainable low-refrigerant service call, but when more than 10 occurred in 2009, executives at HVAC contractor Advanced Air and Refrigeration suspected more than phantom leaks. Professional thieves were the initial suspects. But the company soon determined the problem was due to huffing.