Disposables may contain dangerous mix

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ITALY: Tests on the contents of illegal disposable cylinders, which have been flooding the European market, have revealed that some may contain dangerous mixtures. General Gas, a leading Italian refrigerant distributor, has revealed that tests on at least one of those illegal cylinders, supposedly containing R134a, contained a mixture of several components including the now illegal HCFC R22. The European … Read More

Forane® 427A (R427A) – the Easy R-22 RetrofitTM

Forane® 427A (R427A) – the Easy R-22 RetrofitTM Forane® 427A (R427A) is the Easy RetrofitTM when it comes to retrofitting many R-22 applications, including air conditioning, heat pumps, and low- and medium-temperature refrigeration. Forane® 427A (R427A) is closest match to R-22 in terms of performances and operating pressures and was developed to minimize the work necessary during an R22 retrofit. … Read More

Chinese refrigerant prices surge

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CHINA: A surge in refrigerant prices in China in the final months of 2017 look set to increase pressure on HFC refrigerant prices worldwide. Any reassurances from price decreases mid-year, after increases of up to 150% on certain refrigerants at the beginning of 2017, were shattered by further leaps in price in the final quarter. The increases are, again, mainly due … Read More

High GWP gases face 30% price increase

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UK/EUROPE: Refrigerant users face new price increases of as much as 30% as Europe transitions away from high GWP HFCs. The UK’s leading refrigeration wholesaler and one of the world’s main refrigeration manufacturers have both announced large increases in the price of refrigerants from next month. The latest increases follow 20% price hikes by a number of suppliers at the … Read More

The Danger of Unapproved Retrofits

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With the move towards a phase down of HFCs, manufacturing groups have warned against using unapproved refrigerants in equipment not designed for their use. The warnings are contained in an open letter signed by nine associations representing 90% of the world’s air conditioning and refrigeration manufacturers. They include ABRAVA (Brazil),  AHRI (USA), AREMA (Australia), CRAA (China), EPEE (Europe), Eurovent (Europe), … Read More

What does A2L mean for R32 refrigerant?

Looking at the environmental impact & regulations it seems that most Japanese manufacturers have confirmed pre-2017 launches for RAC products using R32 refrigerant; which has a mildly flammable property. The mild flammability is only an issue if you do not understand why and how. The products have a flammable logo on the nameplate so awareness and management are key to … Read More

Warning on R22 “substitutes”

USA: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has repeated warnings of the dangers of using hydrocarbon refrigerants as substitutes for R22 in existing equipment. The EPA warns that using a propane-based refrigerant in a vehicle or home air conditioner that is not designed to use flammable refrigerants poses a threat to homeowners as well as service technicians. “Systems that are … Read More