Do you have used, contaminated, or even burnt refrigerants that are bogging down your day to day operations? Refrigerant Services is here to help. We offer EPA certified recovery services for all size companies experiencing refrigerant management problems. We come to you for on-site recovery to take the hassle and stress out of the process. If you are looking to partner with a company that understands your industry call us today at 844-PURECFC (787-3232) to learn more.

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R22 and Your Air Conditioner – Things to Know

Scott Stanley - Friday, June 22, 2018
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R-22 Recovery

With the approach of summer and warmer temperatures, your HVAC system is going to take on extra workload to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures... Read more

2018 Michigan R-22 Recovery Services

With the approach of summer and warmer temperatures, your HVAC system is going to take on extra workload to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. Obviously, the longer you run your HVAC system, the higher your electric bill will be. But what are the other effects this hot weather will have on your air conditioning and your refrigerants? The fact that an air conditioner runs more frequently during hot weather means that the system sustains a higher level of wear and tear. Regular maintenance helps alleviate this problem—a spring maintenance visit will check on any issues that may have cropped up over the winter season.

However, high heat puts another stress on an HVAC unit: it makes it more difficult for it to move heat from inside the building to the outside. An HVAC unit is a heat exchanger, absorbing thermal energy from the interior of a building and then releasing it to the outside. When the outside temperature is extremely high, it makes it harder to eject that heat. Let’s think back to our high school science classes: heat moves toward areas of lower heat. Adding to this strain is all the extra heat making its way into the building at the same time.

Let’s break down how your HVAC and refrigerants actually work:

First, we have to understand how a cooling system works. Any cooling system is simply a mechanism that powers a cooling device—from refrigerators to air conditioners. A cooling system involves a refrigeration cycle. The five main components of a refrigeration cycle include the following: fluid refrigerant (most commonly R-22), a compressor, condenser coils, evaporator coils, and an expansion device.

The refrigerant is the lifeblood of a cooling system. It flows throughout the device and undergoes phase transitions so it can move freely inside the system. Refrigerant passes through the compressor and coils to allow the system to produce cool air.

The compressor controls the flow of the refrigerant—it controls how much refrigerant is release and the speed at which is travels, depending on your HVAC or refrigeration settings. The compressor increases the pressure of the refrigerant and pushes it toward the condenser coils located on the outside of the cooling system. When the hot vapor refrigerant comes into contact with the cooler air from outside, the refrigerant condenses and changes back into a liquid. The cold refrigerant then flows toward the evaporator coils inside the cooling system.

This cold refrigerant absorbs heat energy from the ambient air inside the building, and the result is cooler air. Finally, the refrigerant, having absorbed enough heat, evaporates back into a gas. It flows back toward the compressor, and the entire cycle begins anew.

What does this mean?

The refrigerant is the main player in the evaporation and condensation processes integral to the cooling system. Without the refrigerant, the entire process would not be possible. So, what happens when your refrigerant can’t transmit heat back into the outside air? It may be because the outside temperatures are so high that the heat is near equal or the refrigerant itself is dirty, old, or contaminated. The result is that your HVAC system won’t be nearly as efficient as it would be. Every part of the cooling system will have to work harder to deal with the stresses of higher ambient temperatures. At the very least, your refrigerant is going to degrade quickly if your cooling system continues to be stressed. Thankfully, there’s a relatively easy fix: our Buy Back Program.

When you sign up for the Buy Back Program, you’ll have three options available to you. First, we can give you good-as-new refrigerants in return for your used, contaminated, or burnt refrigerants. Second, we can buy your old or used refrigerants at very competitive rates. And last, but not least, we can exchange your used refrigerants for EPA-compliant and environmentally safe types of refrigerants. In addition to the state-of-the-art technology we use to minimize leaks and toxic contamination, after completing all recovery procedures our team will inspect the surrounding area for any leakage or unwanted waste in order to ensure that your workplace is safe.

If you want to learn more about our Buy Back Program, simply call us at 844-PURECFC (787-3232). You can also opt to use our online contact form. We at Refrigerant Services LLC are fully certified to handle and recycle your old refrigerants so you can be sure that you’re getting the best quality service and safety for your employees.

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The Future of Michigan Refrigerant Reclamation

Scott Stanley - Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Refrigerant Recovery

Commercial refrigeration has experienced a big boom in recent years. Guaranteeing food quality and safety can only be satisfied by low temperature transport and... Read more

2018 Michigan Refrigerant Recovery Services

Commercial refrigeration has experienced a big boom in recent years. Guaranteeing food quality and safety can only be satisfied by low temperature transport and storage to prevent bacterial growth. “Foodie” culture in particular emphasizes freshness and prevention of food borne illnesses, and any missteps are quick to be exposed online and in social channels—which means that refrigeration has becoming incredibly important in protecting many brands’ reputations. What does this mean for us? Refrigeration is going to be everywhere soon. Let’s take a look at some commercial refrigeration trends and how they’ll affect us in the future.

Energy efficiency and environmental impact

Throughout the years, the focus on energy efficiency in the HVAC industry has continually increased. Companies are constantly looking for new methods, technologies and tools to be able to reduce waste. New energy-efficient heating and cooling technologies will become more available, giving companies new options to choose from. Efficient equipment can lead to savings down the line for both consumers and companies.  

There’s been a lot of work done to try and find more eco-friendly refrigerants. HFC refrigerants worked for their purpose of minimizing damage to the ozone layer, but with the unfortunate side effect of contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Natural refrigerants such as ammonia and carbon dioxide seem like the future, but the challenge is making them affordable enough and sustainable enough that they can be adopted by a wide swathe of the industry. Overall, regulations are pushing the refrigeration industry towards lower-GWP refrigerants. Various agencies are already taking action to reduce hydrofluorocarbon use by restricting sales of high-GWP refrigerants and proposing incentives for low-GWP refrigerant use. Generally, industry focus will be on energy savings and lowering environmental impact. Future-proofing a company’s systems will be the name of the game in this uncertain future.

What steps are being taken to minimize environmental impact?

Replacing traditional refrigerants with natural or low-GWP refrigerants has a significant impact on the greenhouse effect. In a traditional commercial enterprise which uses refrigerant heavily, such as a supermarket, replacing R404A can bring approximately a 20% reduction in total environmental impact. For newer natural refrigerants such as ammonia, leaks are generally irrelevant in terms of greenhouse effect. Refrigerant and HVAC companies are learning to deal with the fact that some natural refrigerants can be flammable. Training and protocols for handling refrigerants such as R290—a high purity version of propane suitable for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry—are gradually becoming more and more widespread. It’s just one side effect of having low-GWP natural refrigerants that are also effective for everyday use, but the industry as a whole has risen to meet the challenge.

Improving system efficiency and transitioning to new low-GWP refrigerants as mandated by current regulations—or ones about to be adopted—will significantly reduce the impact of commercial refrigeration. This is in spite of an overall increase in the number of HVAC and refrigeration systems in place.

What is next?

Going forward, one thing that is for sure is the role of refrigerant recovery. As technology advances and new solutions are found for refrigeration challenges, there is going to be a constant evolution of the kinds of refrigerants and HVAC units that will be on the market. As such, you’re going to want to have a reliable, proven refrigerant specialist on hand to help you transition to more effective technologies and more eco-friendly, low-GWP refrigerants. Refrigerant Services LLC would be more than happy to be your refrigerant specialist.

Our highly-trained technicians are constantly updated on new regulations, training, and protocols for dealing with refrigerants you’ll find in almost any commercial refrigeration or HVAC unit. If you’re ready to look toward the future of our industry, we’re right there with you—just give us a call at 844-PURECFC (7873232) and we’d be more than happy to tell you how we can help. If you don’t have time for a long phone call, you simply need to fill out our on-line contact form and someone will be in touch with you to schedule an appointment at a more convenient time.

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