High GWP gases face 30% price increase


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


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

Do you think this is possible in our place?

Disposable cylinder ban is “long overdue” NORWAY: A maritime industry supplier has called for a global ban on disposable cylinders and warns that an HFC phase-down could lead to an increase in counterfeits. Claiming that disposable cylinders are a significant risk to port workers and support the trade in counterfeit refrigerants, Svenn Jacobsen, refrigeration technical product manager at Wilhelmsen Ships … Read More

3rd genaration alternatives for R22?

Interesting new low GWP alternative refrigerants, combined with an expected relaxation of charge limits on flammable refrigerants, suggest that the days of R410A being the commercial air conditioning refrigerant of choice could soon be numbered. R410A has been the refrigerant of choice in Europe and elsewhere since first introduced in the mid-90s as a replacement for ozone-depleting R22. It is also … Read More

EPA Announces Phaseouts of HFC Refrigerants

Neutral R134a

Source: refrigeranthq.com What better way to start the celebration of July fourth than the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that the United States will be phasing out of HydroFluroCarbon refrigerants over the next few years? Well, just today the EPA signed a document outlining the phase out of HFC refrigerants. Yes, that’s right. You read that right. Phase out of … Read More