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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What is the EPA and why are refrigerants being reclaimed?

Scott Stanley - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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What is the EPA?

In July 9, 1970, President Nixon submitted Reorganization Plan No. 3 establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. In the president’s message... Read more

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In July 9, 1970, President Nixon submitted Reorganization Plan No. 3 establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. In the president’s message to Congress regarding Reorganization Plan No. 3, he said that the government was “not structured to make a coordinated attack on the pollutants which debase the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that grows our food." Nixon was proposing the creation of one agency to oversee “research, monitoring, standard-setting, and enforcement activities” that had heretofore been scattered amongst many discrete agencies that had limited avenues in which to work together. It wasn’t until December of 1970 that the EPA began operations.

Nowadays the EPA is responsible for setting environmental policies, rules and regulations which aim to uphold environmental standards. Its stated mission is to protect the environment and seek new ways to preserve its condition. As such it is responsible for the enforcement of things such as the Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocol, which the United States has ratified.

The EPA also funds educational opportunities for those looking to work with them in the future. It employs over fifteen thousand employees and manages a network of environmental volunteers. These volunteers police their assigned areas in an effort to reduce pollution and make their surrounding communities more environmentally-friendly.

Not only does the EPA enforce the current rules, it also sponsors and conducts research into new ways to protect and preserve the environment. It is in light of this kind of research that the EPA prohibits the use of certain harmful chemicals and compounds that may have an adverse effect on the environment and the people living in it. Once the EPA has the evidence it needs from scientific studies, it can then fulfill its other role: that of a regulatory agency. This is what gives the EPA its teeth – its ability to deploy a large number of field agents whose role is to ensure that its regulations and programs are being followed by both businesses and individuals.

To top it all off, the EPA also has a large legal team who assist in pursuing penalties against those who are found to be in violation of EPA regulations. It has both the manpower to find out if you’ve been breaking the law as well as the manpower to make sure you pay for it. In a nutshell, the Environmental Protection Agency protects people and the environment from significant health risks, sponsors and conducts research, and develops and enforces environmental regulations.

Why are refrigerants being reclaimed?

By 2020, the EPA will enforce a phase out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in compliance with provisions in the Montreal Protocol. Simply put, the Montreal Protocol is a treaty aimed at regulating the production, consumption and sale of chemicals that damage the Earth’s ozone layer. Many HVAC units and refrigeration units sold in the last two decades still use some of these chemicals, so now is the time to start making the switch from these older refrigerants to newer, cleaner variants.  Aside from that, even if the refrigerants used are still allowed, it’s still important to bring them up to the standard for purity specifications for modern refrigerant compounds.

When dealing with older refrigerants there are 3 different options:

  • Recycling refrigerants: Involves taking the refrigerant out of a system and then cleaning it. Once the refrigerant is clean, it can be returned to the system or put in a new container ready for reuse.
  • Reclaiming refrigerants: Typically the most expensive method as it requires the most specialized equipment. Instead of just recycling the refrigerant, all impurities are removed in line with ARI-700 standards for purity, effectively bringing the refrigerant close to the state of never-been-used refrigerants. 
  • Recovering refrigerant: Involves taking out the refrigerant from a system and putting it in a container while the system itself is repaired or tested. No change is done to the refrigerant itself.

If this all sounds complicated, simply get in touch with us – we can fit your business with a refrigerant management plan. It’s definitely not something you want to ignore now that the deadline for compliance is coming up. The bottom line is, if you want to avoid getting on the wrong side of the EPA, it’s best to trust certified professionals to take care of your refrigerant reclamation for you. We at Refrigerant Services LLC are fully certified in refrigerant recovery and replacement services – our highly trained staff has decades worth of experience in the HVAC field. We are fully EPA-compliant and also provide you with complete documentation.

If you’d like to learn more, just call us at 844-PURECFC (787-3232) or send us a message through our online contact form if you don’t have time for a lengthy phone call.

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What You Should Know When It Comes To Refrigerant Leak Detection

Scott Stanley - Sunday, February 11, 2018
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Leak Detection

Underestimating how much you are losing every year due to refrigerant leaks can be a critical blind spot for your business. Not only that, the EPA... Read more

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Underestimating how much you are losing every year due to refrigerant leaks can be a critical blind spot for your business. Not only that, the EPA has cracked down on damaging and toxic refrigerant leaks – in the fall of 2016, the EPA updated existing requirements related to ozone-depleting substances such as CFCs and HCFCs and extended them to substitutes such as HFCs. Changes include more stringent requirements for leak repair in larger appliances and reporting requirements when larger appliances leak 125% or more of their refrigerant charge per year. These regulations will apply to most industrial process refrigeration, commercial refrigeration, and comfort cooling appliances (HVACs). Should your business be found liable, you risk being fined $35,000 to $40,000 per day until the issue is resolved. Read on for a short list of things you can do proactively to prevent tanking your bottom line due to avoidable leaks:

Prevention is better than a cure

Using ALD (Automatic Leak Detection) can be vastly more effective than trying to fix leaks once they become noticeable. Refrigerant leaks can have impacts on your business’ funds, your equipment itself, and the climate. Leak detection lets you get ahead of the problem: the more refrigerants leak, the bigger the impact on your business. Knowing which pieces of equipment are leaking can save your business thousands of dollars per year. And fixing a leak while it’s still small limits the impact the leak has on your business – a big leak can have an impact on worker health, energy costs and system capacity due to insufficient cooling. ALD allows you to fix the issue before it has a chance to affect your bottom line.

More information is always better

If you’re already using Automatic Leak Detection then your first line of defense – information – is already covered. Collating the data and comparing performance to industry standards can help you benchmark your systems to ensure that you aren’t falling behind the competition. This can also help you pinpoint problematic equipment and behaviors allowing you to reward employees, technicians, or entire offices for their best practices that contribute to good refrigerant management.

Regular maintenance is the cheapest way

A lot of expensive repairs can be avoided simply by keeping refrigerant equipment clean and tidy. Dirty equipment means it’s harder for technicians and maintenance workers to spot leaks and makes it harder for everyone to do their jobs in a quick and timely manner.

Highlight the extent of the issueEven though most companies will understand the importance of finding refrigerant leaks, other responsibilities can get in the way of making proper refrigerant management a high priority. Businesses need to stress the importance of this issue among all employees and get them on board with saving the company money. If everyone is mindful of the issue, it reduces the likelihood that leak checks and routine maintenance tests get overlooked.

Of course, there’s always another alternative: get professionals to take care of it for you. If you and your employees don’t have the time or the expertise to deal with all of this yourselves, it may be more prudent to let certified refrigerant technicians, like those we have a Refrigerant Services LLC., deal with taking care of your refrigerant management. If you’re already in the process of taking care of leaks and getting your equipment and refrigerant up to EPA standards, we can also offer refrigerant reclamation for your old or used refrigerants. We can reprocess used refrigerant to meet or exceed purity specifications and standards for new refrigerant gases.

Once the refrigerants have been filtered, dried, distilled and all impurities have been removed, they can then be reused for consumer or industrial applications. They can even be resold if you have an excess. A good refrigerant management program can cost a nontrivial amount for any business, but our refrigerant reclamation program can help you eliminate some of those costs or even make a little money. It’s important to note that these procedures can only be performed by an EPA approved and certified team of technicians, and Refrigerant Services LLC takes pride in being one of those teams.

If all this sounds good, then get in touch with us today at 844-PURECFC (787-3232) so we can talk about how we can help you. We realize that taking the time out of your busy schedule for a lengthy phone call might not always be possible, which is why we also have a short online form which you can fill up. Once submitted, we’ll get in touch with you to answer any questions you may have.

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