2017 Michigan Refrigerant Recovery | Refrigerant Services

Scott Stanley - Monday, May 22, 2017
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2017 Refrigerant Recovery

By 2020, the EPA will be strictly enforcing a 100% total phase out of all harmful refrigerants in support of and compliance to the... Read more

2017 Michigan Refrigerant Recovery Services

By 2020, the EPA will be strictly enforcing a 100% total phase out of all harmful refrigerants in support of and compliance to the Montreal Protocol. In the past year, corporate inspections have already started to ensure that companies do their share in adhering to these standards. With three more years to go, companies that still use R-22s have to start transitioning in order to make the deadline.

Getting rid of old, useless and toxic refrigerants can be a burden to companies and establishments. Refrigerant Services LLC is here to ease your load. We take pride in being a professional refrigerant service company offering recovery services which also include buy back and clean exchange programs.

Refrigerant Services LLC is a highly-trained and certified company with over 25 years of experience and expertise in the HVAC business.  We go the extra mile by personally going to your site, collecting old containers and exchanging harmful R-22s with safe ones. We also provide documentation service which is why you need not worry about consolidating all the reports and paperwork needed for each step of the process.

We provide all of the following services and more:

Care for the environment should be everyone’s concern. Thus, the EPA has been constantly reminding everyone to be compliant with the new environment-friendly standards. No matter what the size of your business, losing your operational license because of some environmental protocol violations will certainly impact your operations. What’s more, offenders are slapped with suspension and hefty penalties. Conforming to EPA policies can be quite a challenge considering the scale of work that needs to be done. However, hiring a professional refrigerant services company to do the job can certainly make things easier.

The transition from R-22 refrigerants to lower GWP variants that conform to EPA standards can certainly be costly. For one, you will need to replace all your cooling equipment.  But you can still save on cost with our buyback program. We are in the business of recovering your used, contaminated and burnt refrigerants and pay you for them — with competitive rates. We make sure to extract every last drop of your old and used R-22 while separating the contaminants. We also offer these options: give you back good-as-new refrigerants, buy it from you or exchange it for EPA-compliant ones. Whatever you choose, you’re assured of only getting the highest value for your refrigerant.

It’s time to let go of your old R-22 containers because storing them in the workplace is never a good idea. It is also not a safe practice since these containers are not only health hazards but environmental threats as well. Your daily operations need not be interrupted when you shift to the new EPA-compliant refrigerants. When we come to recover your used, contaminated and even burnt R-22 containers, we make sure that we do it using state-of-the-art technology so that there are no unwanted leaks and toxic contaminations.

One of the benchmarks of having a good, solid reputation for your company is your ability to adhere to industry standards. Take a step towards a greener, eco-friendlier environment by supporting and participating in protecting the planet against harmful elements. By employing our refrigerant services, you are improving your business operations by eliminating the hazards of contamination and other safety and health threats. An increase in productivity in the workplace will also be evident since your working environment will be now be more conducive.

Put your refrigerant recovery worries to rest, let us offer you our comprehensive services. Learn more about our Clean Exchange Program by calling 844-PURECFC (787-3232) or fill out our online contact form and we guarantee to get back to you as soon as possible.

Refrigerant Services LLC is based in New Hudson, Michigan but we serve companies not only in the Michigan area but also in Indiana and Ohio.

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How Refrigerants Are Recycled

Scott Stanley - Monday, October 24, 2016
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How Refrigerants are Recyled

As the EPA continues to act upon its ban on gases such as R-22, refrigerant supply goes down but the demand for it stays the same...Read more

Michigan Harmful Refrigerant Recovery

As the EPA continues to act upon its ban on gases such as R-22, refrigerant supply goes down but the demand for it stays the same. Many corporations, households and automobiles continue to use the same heating and cooling equipment that need refrigerants to function. Because of this, the prices for safe or “greener” refrigerants go up. This is an important thing to note especially if your company is enforcing stricter budgets.

If you are looking for the most cost-effective way to stay compliant with EPA regulations, you should consider getting your old and harmful refrigerants recycled. But before you do, take a moment to understand how refrigerants are recycled so you know the value of the services you are paying for.

Recycling vs. Reclamation vs. Recovery: What’s the difference?

There are different ways to deal with old refrigerants, namely: refrigerant recycling, reclamation or recovery.

Recovering refrigerants - Recovery is done when the HVAC equipment using the refrigerant needs to be tested or repaired. Recovery is the process of taking out the refrigerant from the system using it and then transferring it to a temporary and safe container. The refrigerant used is not changed in any way, so if your refrigerant is non-compliant, this is not the service for you.

Recycling refrigerants – Recycling refrigerants is done by first removing the refrigerant from the system containing it, and then sending it through equipment that will “clean” it. Cleaning refrigerants entails removing the moisture and particles that make it toxic. Once recycling is done, the refrigerant can be put back in its original container, or it can be stored in a different container for future use in a different system.

Reclaiming refrigerants – Reclaiming refrigerants goes a step beyond simply recycling them by making sure that all impurities in the refrigerant are removed, thus returning it into its most pure state. This is according to standards set in the ARI-700, or the standards used for never been used refrigerants. Refrigerant reclamation makes use of more technical equipment, which also makes its services more expensive than recycling refrigerants.

How are refrigerants recycled? 

Now that you know the difference between recycling and reclaiming refrigerants, you can better understand what goes on when the refrigerant is sent through the equipment that reduces the contaminants found in it.

First, the refrigerant is sent to a compressor that sucks the refrigerant out of its original container. Then it gets sent to various types of equipment that dries and filters it. The driers take out any moisture that could damage the cooling system of your HVAC equipment. The filters take out any minuscule particles that could cause clogs and further damage to your HVAC equipment. After passing through the driers and filters, the newly recycled refrigerant is then stored in a new tank. You can then use the recycled refrigerant or save it for future use.

Who can recycle refrigerants? 

The entire refrigerant recycling process is highly technical and prone to many hazards. When refrigerants are mishandled, they can cause serious setbacks, from environmental contamination to disease.

This is why only licensed technicians can handle equipment that recycles refrigerants. The equipment used for refrigerant recycling must be approved and certified by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Failure to comply may lead to penalties or further damage to your current equipment.

Section 608 of the Clean Air Act requires all companies that use heating and cooling equipment with refrigerants to perform the necessary evacuation or sanitation of any old or unused refrigerants. Failure to comply with protocol may lead to suspension of the license to operate along with hefty penalties or fines.

If you are looking for a licensed team who can handle certified equipment to recycle your old refrigerants, contact Refrigerant Services LLC. Not only will we ensure that your refrigerants are handled, recovered and recycled properly, we will also arrange the pick-up and delivery at your location. Call us at 844-PURECFC (787-3232) to know more about our refrigerant services!

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The Ozone Layer and Why It’s Important

Scott Stanley - Thursday, September 22, 2016
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The Ozone Layer

Before you dismiss the ozone layer as the main player in a great conspiracy, take time to read on the facts from years of scientific research... Read more

Michigan Harmful Refrigerant Recovery

Before you dismiss the ozone layer as the main player in a great conspiracy, take time to read on the facts from years of scientific research. While scientific theory always leaves something more to be discovered and explored, we should trust in our own capacities to understand the vast complexities of the cosmos based on empirical data and documented phenomenon.

Let us go back to the backbone of the climate change study and first understand what the ozone layer is, what accounts for its existence, and what consequences would unravel without its presence in the earth’s atmosphere.

What is ozone (O3)?

Ozone is an atmospheric gas found in the earth’s stratosphere. It is created when a single-molecule oxygen combines with a double-molecule oxygen. The single molecule oxygen arose when molecular oxygen came into contact with the sun’s UV rays, thus breaking apart the bond of the two oxygen molecules. These single molecule oxygen then recombined with the normal double molecule oxygen, and the result is a gas that serves as the earth’s natural protection from harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun, which we now know as the ozone layer. When UV rays come into contact with this layer of gas, the UV rays become diminished and enter the earth only in shattered fragments. 

Without the ozone layer shielding the planet from UV rays, the massive amount of UV rays that enter the earth will make most plant and animal life impossible.

The ozone is located 6 to 30 miles above the earth’s surface. When ultraviolet radiation strikes through the ozone’s protective veil, it gets chemically decomposed, hence entering the earth in shattered fragments.

How does the ozone get depleted?

Since the 1980s, scientific research drew its attention to the depletion of the ozone layer. Over the years, scientists have observed and documented the gradual decrease of the amount of ozone in the earth’s stratosphere. Their investigation led to the discovery of the harm done by a substance known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), which are used in refrigerants, coolants, insulating foam and solvents.

When chlorofluorocarbons are released into the air, winds take them up 30 miles and into the stratosphere. When the CFC molecules interact with the ozone molecules, the ozone molecules eventually decompose. In short, chlorofluorocarbons destroy ozone molecules by making the single molecule and double molecule oxygen break apart into separate pieces once more.

Aside from chlorofluorocarbons, a chemical called methyl bromide was also found to destroy the composition of ozone. Methyl bromide is commonly found in pesticides.

Another harmful chemical is the halon found in fire extinguishers. Methyl chloroform, a chemical found in industry grade solvents, can also destroy ozone.

Why should we protect the ozone? 

It was mentioned above that massive amounts of ultraviolet rays entering the earth would make most animal and plant life impossible. This means that UV rays will create an unlivable earth—a very hot earth where no life can grow.

A violent spike in the earth’s temperature will lead to the disruption of natural ecosystems and food chains. As temperatures rise incrementally, the smallest living species such as plankton will first be eliminated. Soon, habitats will be in jeopardy due to the imbalance in food and sustenance. Like dominos, one species will fall down after the other.

The Montreal Protocol was established on January 1, 1989 and global efforts to reduce the use of harmful chemicals began. Businesses that refused to surrender their old refrigerants containing CFC had their licenses to operate confiscated or canceled. Oftentimes, companies who disobey the new environmental policies supported by the EPA are handed down heavy penalties and fines.

If your business is in need of a professional team to dispose, recover or recycle any old refrigerants lying around in your area, don’t hesitate to call us at Refrigerant Services. Avoid heavy penalties and do your part in preserving the balance of our planet by scheduling a refrigerant pick-up and exchange with us. Call 844-PURECFC (787-3232) to know more today. You can also schedule a pick-up directly from our website.

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Do You Want A New Revenue Stream For Your Company? Recycle Your Refrigerants

Scott Stanley - Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Recycling Refrigerants

If your business makes use of HVAC equipment or any heating and cooling device, then you will come into the possession...
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Michigan Commercial Refrigerant Clean Exchange Program

If your business makes use of HVAC equipment or any heating and cooling device, then you will come into the possession of refrigerants. Most commercial stores, office buildings, rental facilities and real estate properties are sure to have a couple of heaters, boilers and air conditioners installed. Refrigerators and coolers are also among the most common HVAC equipment to be found in any commercial or business venue.

The deal with refrigerants

Refrigerants are the fluids that allow these equipment to do their heating and cooling functions. The problem with refrigerants, however, is that not all of them are safe for our health or good for the environment. The Montreal Protocol in 1987 mandated the pull out and ban of old and toxic refrigerants such as R-22 (CFC) all over the country. Consequently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created to strictly enforce the ban of these harmful refrigerants in all commercial establishments and businesses such as yours.

How can refrigerants create a new revenue stream for my business? 

Professional refrigerant services companies such as Refrigerant Services LLC are willing to buy back old, recycled or non-compliant refrigerants from you through the Clean Exchange Program. This is a simple but effective way to open up a new source of revenue for your business. Not only will you get rid of unwanted refrigerants that are harmful to your employees and to the environment, you will also earn some cash from doing the world this good deed.

How does the Clean Exchange Program work? 

If you have some old, expired or non-compliant refrigerants lying around, the Clean Exchange Program will allow you to replace these with clean and safe alternative refrigerants.

The Clean Exchange Program accounts for full, partially full, empty and even expired refrigerant cylinders. These will then be replaced with new, clean, DOT-certified cylinders. The best part is, you will be fully compensated for every drop of old refrigerant collected from you.

What types of refrigerants can be exchanged in the Clean Exchange Program? 

You can exchange any of the following old refrigerants for clean and safe alternatives:

-          R-11

-          R-12

-          R-22

-          R-113

-          R-123

-          R-134A

-          R-404A

-          R-407C

-          R-410A

-          R-507A

The new replacement cylinders can come in the following sizes: 30 lbs., 50 lbs., 100 lbs., 125 lbs., 240 lbs., and half a ton. If you will be exchanging a huge amount of refrigerants, be sure to tell us exactly how much replacement refrigerant you will need so we can prepare for the extraction, replacement and delivery of such a large volume.

How can my business take advantage of the Clean Exchange Program? 

If you have decided to take part in the Clean Exchange Program, all you have to do is get in touch with Refrigerant Services LLC. You will be asked to select a convenient date when our team of refrigerant specialists can pick up the old and used refrigerants from you. They will then perform the extraction of all harmful refrigerants and then safely dispose them when done. These are highly specialized skills that require training and licensing—both of which have been accomplished by the team at Refrigerant Services LLC.

After the extraction and disposal stages, new and safe refrigerants will be delivered back to you. After which, you will get paid a reasonable rate for your contribution to the Clean Exchange Program.

Our team will also take care of all required documentation and clearance needed to stay compliant with the EPA policies. This process usually takes some time because it is administrative in nature. Refrigerant Services LLC will do this crucial step for you. This way, you can stay focused on more important aspects of your business.

Call us at 844-PURECFC (787-3232) and set up this brand new revenue stream today! You can also schedule a pick-up right from our website.

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How Do Refrigerants Work?

Scott Stanley - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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How Refrigerants Work

We at Refrigerant Services are determined to work toward creating a greener and cleaner planet. Part of our main thrust is to ... Read more

Michigan Commercial Refrigerant Recovery Services

We at Refrigerant Services are determined to work toward creating a greener and cleaner planet. Part of our main thrust is to recover and replace any old, contaminated, and non-EPA compliant refrigerants you may have lying around your workplace.

However, our plea to recycle old refrigerants will fall on deaf ears if not everyone understood what refrigerants are.

This article aims to explain what refrigerants are, where they can be found, how they work, and most importantly, why you must ensure that your company used only non-toxic and EPA-approved refrigerants.

The Cooling System

To know how refrigerants work, we must first understand how a cooling system works. A cooling system is simply the mechanism that powers any cooling device, from refrigerators to air conditioners.

Every refrigerator powers up a refrigeration cycle. The five main components of a refrigeration cycle include the following:

1)     fluid refrigerant
2)     compressor
3)     condenser coils
4)     evaporator coils
5)     expansion device

The refrigerant is the substance that undergoes phase transitions (liquid to gas, and gas to liquid again) so it can move freely inside the cooling system. The refrigerant passes through the compressor and the coils to allow the machine to fulfill its function of producing cool air.

The compressor is the device that controls the flow of the refrigerant. It dictates how much refrigerant is released and how fast or how slow, depending on your desired settings.

So here is how the cooling system works: the compressor increases the pressure of the refrigerant vapor and pushes them toward the condenser coils, which are located outside of the refrigerator.

When the hot vapor mixes with the cooler air from outside, it once again takes the form of a liquid. At this stage, the liquid undergoes cooling and it flows inside the evaporator coils, which are located inside the freezer or fridge.

In this form, the refrigerant absorbs all the heat inside the refrigerator, and sends out cool air. This is the air that cools the food and beverages inside your freezer and fridge.

At the last stage, the refrigerant once again evaporates into a gas. In this form, it can flow back into the compressor, and that is where the cooling cycle begins again.

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.

Unsafe Refrigerants 

As important as refrigerants are to the cooling process, not all of them are safe to use. This is why the EPA is cracking down on the use of unsafe refrigerants that are detrimental not only to the environment, but most especially to the people exposed to your cooling systems in your workplace.

Refrigerants that are toxic or outdated can cause severe skin diseases, including skin cancer. When an employee comes in direct contact with a toxic refrigerant, he or she may also suffer from blindness, or worse—death.

The EPA was created to ensure that no more toxic refrigerants are used. This is because it has been proven that the emissions from these toxic chemicals are harming the earth’s natural protection, the ozone layer. If your company fails to comply with EPA policies, you could lose your license to operate, pay a hefty amount of fees, and gain a negative reputation for being involved in the destruction of the environment.

Do not wait until any of these unfortunate events happen to you. Get in touch with our professional team that offers EPA-certified recovery services. At Refrigerant Services, we come to you to perform on-site recovery of old, burnt and contaminated refrigerants. You can leave all the work to us—from pick-up to all the necessary paperwork.

If you need to schedule a pick-up, call us at 844-PURECFC (787-3232) and just let us know when you want us to visit your location. 

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7 Problems You Will Encounter If You Don’t Exchange Your Refrigerants

Scott Stanley - Sunday, June 26, 2016
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Refrigerant Exchange Problems

The time is ticking for companies who have not surrendered their old and unapproved refrigerants, because the EPA will be strictly... Read more

The time is ticking for companies who have not surrendered their old and unapproved refrigerants, because the EPA will be strictly implementing all the provisions by the Montreal Protocol by the year 2020. While this may still seem like a faraway deadline, the reality couldn’t be any further from the truth. If you think that scheduling the exchange of old R-22 is as easy as ordering a pizza over the phone, then you might be disappointed.

You will need to undergo a site inspection before any retrieval or exchange of refrigerants can take place in your work area. Aside from this, you will need to review and fill up the proper paperwork and documentation needed to prove that your company is operating in compliance with the provisions of the EPA. Lastly, you will need to coordinate a convenient schedule between your workers and the refrigerant services company you will be hiring so that the pick-up and exchange can take place with no hiccups.

Keep in mind that you are not the only company with old refrigerants to surrender and exchange. If you fail to schedule early, be prepared to fall in line with other clients.

You will need a lot of time to complete the entire refrigerant exchange process. If you keep prolonging this very important task, you might wake up one day and see that it’s already 2020, and you have to answer to strict EPA agents knocking on your door.

Failure to exchange old, unused, and unapproved refrigerants will result in the following problems:

1)    Exposing your workers (and yourself) to potential health hazards.

The World Health Organization has published reports on the harmful effects R-22 and other toxic refrigerants have on the human body. These are among the deadly conditions you or your workers could suffer from if you accidentally come into contact with old and harmful refrigerants:

  •          skin cancer
  •          eye inflammation, which can lead to blindness
  •          cataracts
  •         erythema
  •          other debilitating skin diseases

2)    Getting sued for exposing your workers to harmful chemicals.

On the tragic event that one of your workers does get exposed to R-22 and develops a debilitating disease, or worse, dies from the exposure, be ready to get sued. Multiple lawsuits can be filed against your company because there are stringent laws and regulations advocating for the exchange of harmful refrigerants. Your failure to comply is reason enough to charge you guilty. Unless you are ready to settle for all the damages, it is recommended that you schedule an exchange of old refrigerants as soon as possible.

3) Inviting the EPA to breathe down your neck.

If you wish to continue operating in peace, you should consider complying with the EPA. Otherwise, you can say goodbye to the peace and quiet you enjoy at work because the sight of EPA agents swooping in for inspections, interviews, and other time-consuming endeavors will become commonplace.

4)  Worse, you could lose your license to operate.

Once the EPA agents assigned to your company have gathered enough data, they can submit a petition to suspend or confiscate your business permit and license. Yes, they have the power to shut you down if you continue to be reckless with their environmental policies. You may choose to fight them in court, but prepare to lose not just money but also your company’s credibility.

5)    Endanger the environment and damage the flora and fauna.

The EPA wouldn’t be this exacting if the consequences weren’t truly grave. Continuous consumption of harmful refrigerants contributes to the destruction of diverse ecosystems all around the world. The earth’s temperature will continue to rise, oceans and rivers will dry up, and that will jeopardize the future of millions of species, including our own.

6) Get sued by environmental groups left and right.

If it becomes public knowledge that your company still stocks harmful refrigerants, you could face a storm of unwanted media attention and perhaps more courtroom action. Don’t risk your company’s reputation for measly initial savings on retrieval cost. Companies like Refrigerant Services will even buy the harmful refrigerants from you.

7) Lose a lot of money

All of the scenarios presented above will lead you to lose a lot, if not all, of your money. No matter how you look at it, you stand to gain more when you comply, and you lose absolutely everything when you don’t.

Get in touch with Refrigerant Services LLC today and enjoy the benefits of getting a fully trained team do the work from you. From pick-up to paperwork, we have you covered. Call us at 844-PURECFC (787-3232) today! If you are ready you can also schedule a pick up right from our website!

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What is the EPA and Why You Should Care About It

Scott Stanley - Monday, May 23, 2016
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What is the EPA?

The Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA, is a government agency founded by Richard Nixon in the 1970s. Its main thrust is to... Read more

2016 Michigan What is the EPA? Refrigerant Services

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), is a government agency founded by Richard Nixon in the 1970s. Its main thrust is to look after the environment and monitor its changing impact on human health. To work effectively across the nation, the EPA collaborates with other government agencies, making them one of the most present agencies in service for the country. They have many duties and responsibilities and have the ability to levy fines when rules have been violated.

What does the EPA do?

The EPA is responsible for setting environmental policies, rules and regulations that primarily aim to lift our environmental standards. Its mission is to protect the environment, while also looking for new ways to preserve and improve its condition, in order to serve the generations to come.

The EPA is responsible for the enforcement of environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act. It also creates employment, as there are currently around 20,000 individuals all over the United States working to support the enforcement of the Clean Air Act.

Aside from creating employment all over the country, the EPA also funds scholarships and other educational opportunities for anyone interested in working with them in the future. They also manage a huge network of environmental volunteers who work on reducing the amount of pollution present in an assigned area. Together, they work on new schemes and models that citizens can follow to help make their surroundings a better place.

In addition to this, the EPA also supports a foundation of scientific research that aims to discover new ways to help the environment. One of the most successful research endeavors pioneered by the EPA is that which led to the prohibition of the use of CFCs or chlorofluorocarbons in refrigerants used by various heating and cooling equipment. These chemicals were found to be toxic not only to the environment but also to the humans who handle such chemicals. Following the mandate of the Montreal Protocol in 1987, all refrigerants with harmful chemicals such as R-22 should be surrendered and replaced by safer alternatives.

Why should we comply? 

Aside from being a pioneering research body, the EPA is primarily a regulatory agency. The EPA commands a large troop of field agents that ensure that their regulations and cleanup programs are being followed, and that their environmental standards are being met.

The EPA also has legislative power, which means that they can enact laws and enforce penalties on those who do not comply. They also command an impressive staff of legal professionals that assist in the legislation of environmental laws, as well as go after the entities who break such laws.

Who are the EPA watching? 

If your business produces pollutants and harmful emissions, expect the EPA to be on your tail. You will be required to cooperate with regular inspections to maintain the environmental standards which they work so hard to uplift and spread throughout the world.

How can we comply? 

Being a business owner is a demanding job, and chances are, you are busy accomplishing multiple tasks at once. Hire the services of a professional refrigerant services company so you can focus on other aspects of your business without worrying about EPA compliance.

Your company stands to lose more than the little that can be gained when you skip EPA compliance. Not only will you be charged with hefty fees, you can also stand to lose your license to operate. There have already been industries shut down because they continue to pollute the air and seas.

Refrigerant Services offers professional refrigerant recovery and replacement services in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Our highly skilled and experienced staff is trained and certified to handle all types of harmful refrigerants. With over 25 years of experience in the HVAC field, we guarantee the successful recovery and exchange of various types of harmful refrigerants such as R-11, R-12, R-22, R-113, R-123, and many more.

Get in touch with Refrigerant Services today by calling 844-PURECFC (787-3232). If you are ready you can also schedule a pick up right from our website!

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What is R-22 and Why Is It Being Recovered?

Scott Stanley - Thursday, April 21, 2016
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What is R-22?

Before you make a decision on whether or not you should enlist the services of a refrigerant recovery company, it might be worth going over what R-22... Read more

2016 Michigan R-22 Recovery from Refrigerant Services

Do you have used or expired R-22 refrigerant that you need to have removed in compliance with EPA standards? Before you make a decision on whether or not you should enlist the services of a refrigerant recovery company, it might be worth going over what R-22 refrigerant is and why there is a pressing need to collect and recover them.

First, what is a refrigerant?

Refrigerants are any substances (usually in liquid or gas form) that are used inside heat pumps for the refrigeration cycle. Anything that requires heating or cooling through an HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) unit will need a refrigerant to run.

Refrigerants work by going through different phase transitions, such as turning from liquid into gas. This transformation provides the HVAC units the thermodynamics it needs to perform its functions.

Chlorofluorocarbons, among which is R-22, became so mainstream in the 20th century. However, they became known not for their effective heating and cooling properties but for the degradation they caused to the earth’s ozone layer.

What is R-22?

R-22 is a colorless gas that also goes by the name of chlorodifluoromethane. Its most common name is Freon. Its use as a propellant and refrigerant has been banned by the EPA because of its high ODP or ozone depletion potential, and GWP or global warming potential. In short, R-22 refrigerants are a widely known environmental hazard.

R-22 usually comes in light green-colored cylinders and they have been phased out in the United States under the Montreal Protocol in 1987. The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty with a focus on phasing out any chemical or substance that is proven to be harmful to the ozone layer. It was first brought up in September 16, 1987 and it was finalized for implementation beginning on January 1, 1989.

According to the Montreal Protocol:

Recognizing that worldwide emissions of certain substances can significantly deplete and otherwise modify the ozone layer in a manner that is likely to result in adverse effects on human health and the environment. Determined to protect the ozone layer by taking precautionary measures to control equitably total global emissions of substances that deplete it with the ultimate objective of their elimination on the basis of developments in scientific knowledge [..] acknowledging that special provision is required to meet the needs of developing countries."

 The worldwide phase-out of R-22 began in 1991 and the target completion of the depletion is set for the year 2020.

Why should R-22 be recovered? 

R-22 is categorized as a highly hazardous greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of 1,810—meaning it is 1,810 times more powerful and destructive than carbon dioxide.

Since 2010, the manufacturing of new R-22 has been prohibited. Only recycled and reused R-22 may be used to service HVAC units such as refrigerators and air conditioners. This new practice is called “recovery,” wherein all traces of the gas are sucked out from the machines and are replaced with a safer alternative, instead of pumping new R-22 into the units.

Last year, in January 1, 2015, it was declared illegal and punishable by law to service refrigerators and air conditioning units that still used R-22 refrigerant. Broken equipment that needed servicing were required to be replaced with units that did not need to run using R-22.

How do I get rid of my R-22?

Take a quick survey of your company’s HVAC units and make a quick note of which ones use R-22 refrigerant. Once you know this, you can contact a certified R-22 recovery team to take care of sucking out all the old and unusable R-22 from your units. The same specialized team should also replace your refrigerant with a safer alternative.

If you are looking for a professional R-22 recovery team contact Refrigerant Services LLC today by dialing 844-PURECFC / 787-3232 today. You can also schedule a pick up right from our website!

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4 Reasons To Hire Professional Refrigerant Services This Year

Scott Stanley - Saturday, March 26, 2016
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2016 Refrigerant Services

In accordance with stricter EPA policies mandated by the Montreal Protocol, the Federal Government is supporting a nationwide phase-out of harmful refrigerants by 2020... Read more

2016 Refrigerant Services Clean Exchange Program

In accordance with stricter EPA policies mandated by the Montreal Protocol, the Federal Government of the United States is supporting a nationwide phase-out of harmful refrigerants by 2020. Corporate inspections will be rolled out this year, so to ensure that your company is playing by the rules, you should get in touch with a dependable refrigerant services company to retrieve and replace your old and toxic refrigerants and R-22 containers.

Here is a summary of the top reasons you should keep in mind when thinking about hiring professional refrigerant services.

#1 - Stay compliant with EPA policies throughout the coming years.

The EPA constantly sends reminders about how the environment is everyone’s responsibility, and this reminder is especially directed at business owners who can stand to lose their operational licenses when found to be in violation of certain environmental protocol. If not the hassle of suspension, business owners may also be forced to shell out large sums of money to pay for fees and penalties.

Save your company thousands of dollars by staying compliant with EPA policies. Hiring a professional refrigerant services company can help you keep everything in check.

#2 - Earn extra income with buyback programs.

Staying compliant with updated environmental policies is so important that some refrigerant companies will even pay you for exchanging your old and harmful refrigerants. You can surrender your old, used and even burnt refrigerants in exchange for extra cash. Be sure to hire a company that will pay you for every drop of old or used R-22 that they can extract from your unused containers.

#3 - Avoid contamination of your work area.

Storing old and unused R-22 containers in your work area is not only debilitating to the environment, it is also very hazardous for the health of all individuals working in the premises. Exposure to toxic refrigerants through unwanted leakages can lead to irrevocable health issues, which is why it should be your company’s primary priority to surrender, recycle or exchange them to a professional refrigerant services company.

Hiring a professional team of refrigerant specialists will also save you the time and trouble of consolidating all paper work, scheduling and necessary filing yourself. Oftentimes, these meticulous processes can eat away at your productivity, so it is best to leave these tasks to the specialists. When asking about refrigerant services, be sure to ask the representative if they will handle the consolidation of all reports and deliveries themselves.

#4 - Earn a good reputation. 

No amount of public relations or marketing can boost the image of your company more than having a good reputation throughout the industry. A sure way of doing this is enlisting the services of a professional refrigerants company to show your support and participation in protecting the environment against harmful gases. If you exchange all your unused R-22 cylinders for brand new and safer ones, you will be improving your own business processes by eliminating the hazard of contamination.

Increase work productivity by ensuring that your company only uses EPA-compliant refrigerants. If you are unsure about how to do this yourself, get in touch with a professional team.

Refrigerant Services LLC can do all of the above for you. We will personally go to your site to collect old containers and exchange harmful R-22 with safe refrigerants. You don’t have to worry about consolidating all the reports and paper work needed for each step of the process because we are trained to do that for you.

Put your faith in the professionals when it comes to efficient, convenient and comprehensive refrigerant recovery services! Learn more about our Clean Exchange Program by calling 844-PURECFC (787-3232), or fill out our online contact form and one of our friendly staff will be in contact shortly

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5 Things You Need To Know About The Clean Exchange Program

Scott Stanley - Saturday, February 27, 2016
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Clean Exchange Program

If you still have old and useless refrigerant cylinders lying around your warehouse or workspace, it’s important to know about the Clean Exchange Program... Read more

2016 Refrigerant Services Clean Exchange Program

If you still have old and useless refrigerant cylinders lying around your warehouse or workspace, it’s important to know about our Clean Exchange Program. The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated new policies and regulations regarding the storage of harmful R-22 cylinders, and they expect a strict and total phase out of these toxic gas containers by the year 2020.

How can you ensure that you and your company are compliant to the EPA’s environmental standards? Here are 5 things that you need to know about the Clean Exchange Program and how you can take part of the encompassing effort to build a better planet.

1.)  It’s simple: we’ll take your bad cylinders and replace them with good ones.

This is the fundamental model that guides our Clean Exchange Program. We will gladly take your expired and useless refrigerant cylinders and replace them with clean and certified cylinders. We can take all types of cylinders, from full, partially full, empty and even the expired ones that bear no use.

Our replacement cylinders are all new, updated and certified. You won’t have to worry about the EPA regulations because we make sure to have you covered. Comprehensive and detailed documentation will be provided for all our clients so you don’t have to worry about doing the paperwork yourself.

2.)  We can handle ALL sizes of containers.

Whether you want to dispose of 30 lbs., 50 lbs., 100 lbs., or 125 lbs. cylinders, we can do the job for you. If you need something bigger than 125 lbs., we have 240 lbs. containers that can be rented out.

If you need a new or separate tank in your area, we can also provide tank-renting services as long as you specify the size needed.

3.)  Our team is the best in the field.

Let our highly trained and certified team with over 25 years of experience in the HVAC field do all the work for you. We believe that our jobs are one of the most important jobs in the world because we are dealing with environmental protection and citizen safety. From the latest technology to tenured know-how, our team of licensed HVAC specialists won’t let you down.

We are currently based in New Hudson, Michigan. We also serve areas out of Michigan, such as Indiana and Ohio.

4.)  We’ll even pay you for your old and expired refrigerants.

As an additional incentive for turning over your old refrigerants, we’ll even pay you for every drop of old R-22 that we can get from your old containers. The need to transition to safer heating and cooling equipment will require your company to shell out a lot of money, which is why we’re also offering a Buy Back Program to help you with your funds. Not only will we give you great rates, we’ll also make sure to extract every last drop of old and expired refrigerants from your containers. No drop will go to waste because you get paid for everything we can collect.

5.)  We do scheduled pick-ups.

There is no need to bring all of your heavy and deteriorating containers to us; we’ll drive straight to your location and pick it up ourselves. We believe that recovering old refrigerants is a crucial task and we can only trust the best team to do the job. We also do complete consolidation and on-site recovery to fully provide you with the refrigerant services you need.

Other recovery companies will leave consolidation to you, and you’ll even have to bring your old containers to them. We believe in simplifying solutions so we go straight to you all the time.

Trust only the experts when it comes to efficient, convenient and comprehensive refrigerant recovery services! Ask more about our Clean Exchange Program by calling 844-PURECFC (787-3232), or you can send an inquiry via our online contact form

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