The ongoing phaseout of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), such as R-22, holds many unknowns for the HVACR industry as 2020 approaches, but at least one sector of the industry anticipates tremendous opportunity: the reclamation sector.
There is no way that refrigerant reclamation can work the way the EPA has mishandled the program during the past few years. Businesses must be able to make money, or they will fail. Refrigerant reclaim is a business that is being hindered by government actions, or the lack of more appropriate actions.
System Incorporates Various Levels of Automation to Reduce the Number of Human Operators Required
February 25, 2015
Appliance Recycling Centers of America Inc. (ARCA) announced that it has been granted a patent (U.S. Patent No. 8,931,289) covering its systems, methods, and techniques for facilitating the recovery and recycling of refrigerants and oil from air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, and other appliances that contain refrigerant.
Business Unit Will Give Customers Greater Access to Its Technical Expertise, Industry Knowledge, and Know-How
February 18, 2015
A-Gas International has announced the formation of A-Gas Americas following the merger of sister companies Coolgas, RemTec, CIJSA, and A-Gas Performance Chemicals. A-Gas Americas will operate from the companies’ existing locations within the group in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas as well as Mexico.
Proactive HVAC contractors have been working to educate their employees and clients on the inevitable phaseout. And, with the price of R-22 already starting to rise in many areas, educated contractors are finding it easier to convince customers to replace aging R-22 units with newer, more efficient models.
Hudson Technologies Inc. has announced the acquisition of the reclamation business and assets of Polar Technologies, a full service refrigerant reclaimer. Polar serves several hundred wholesale customers from three reclamation facilities located in Nashville, Tennessee; Ontario, California; and Puerto Rico.
Becky Foster of Buehler’s Received the Awards Based on Her Efforts with Dan Steffen of Harrison Refrigeration
September 24, 2014
Buehler’s Fresh Foods announced that it has been recognized with two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GreenChill Partnership Awards for 2013. The company received the Most Improved Emissions Rate award and the Superior Goal Achievement award.
Charlie McCrudden, senior vice president of government relations at ACCA, discusses the hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 phaseout, how it could affect HVACR contractors, how alternative refrigerants may be affected in the future, and what the industry needs to do to stay on top of the changes.