Consolidated Refrigerants Solutions understands the safety and compliance issues facing contractors. We are frequently published in industry magazines discussing these issues. Some of our recent publications are provided below.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Every year there was at least one unexplainable low-refrigerant service call,but when more than 10 occurred in 2009, executives at HVAC contractor Advanced Air and Refrigeration suspected more than phantom leaks that were difficult to find. Professional thieves, who have been stealing R-22 and R-410A nationally, were service manager Ronda Szymanski’s initial suspects. However, when a company service tech found a butter knife laying next to a central air conditioning condenser depleted of refrigerant, and its service port visibly damaged, Szymanski knew the loss was due to huffing. She suspected that the trend of inhaling refrigerants for a free high, which has killed hundreds of teenagers nationally, had finally reached Fort Myers, Fla., where Advanced Air has run a family HVAC service contracting firm for 25 years.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears to be aggressively auditing the refrigerant record keeping of HVACR contractors in the South. The NEWS has been receiving reports of the effort in Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi, although it is unclear as to how many contractors are being audited. One distributor from that region did say that he has received “numerous calls” in recent weeks from contractors who have been visited by the EPA Another distributor from that region said contractor customers have told him they are being audited by the EPA and need to produce records of their refrigerant recoveryIre claim activities.
Most contractors understand the need for refrigerant recovery and the importance of integrating a reclaim program into their company’s day-to-day operations. However, many contractors have overlooked the aspect of record keeping and still have no definitive procedures in place to accurately collect and record reclaim data. Insufficient records maintenance can make data retrieval very difficult and a detailed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance report near impossible. As a result, potential issues could arise.
In light of the pending HCFC phaseout, contractors are faced with many challenges. The call for increased recovery efforts has never been greater. Therefore, finding a viable and beneficial reclamation program is a concern of increasing importance.
One method used by contractors to help reduce the impact of the ensuing phaseout is to consolidate recovered refrigerants in house. The belief has been that it will minimize the costs of cylinder handling fees, and/or maximize the profits from recovered R-22. There are four key issues to consider when consolidating recovered refrigerants into larger vessels.
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