June 30, 2016
The Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigerant Institute has announced that they will be doing away the various colored refrigerant cylinders that we have grown use to in the past. The differing colored refrigerant cylinders will instead be replaced by a light-green gray... more»
June 28, 2016
While there still hasn’t been a formal amendment added to the Montreal Protocol to phase out HFC refrigerants across the world there are many countries that are taking pro-active steps to phase out HFC refrigerants such as R-410A, R-404A, and R-134a. The United... more»
June 28, 2016
I saw an article pop up on my newsfeed this morning from the Atlantic. (Link is here.) The premise of the article is the on-going search for intelligent life outside of our planet. Is there life out there, if so is it intelligent, or is it a basic primal type of life?... more»
June 22, 2016
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you or your commercial customers are still using R-22 it is time to switch. If there was ever a bigger reason to switch it’s the United State’s Government sniffing around your business and looking for... more»
June 15, 2016
It was announced yesterday that the government of India will be likely to impose anti-dumping measures on Chinese imported R-134a refrigerant. The proposed tariff would be $1.22 per kilogram of refrigerant brought in, or for us Americans an additional $00.55 per pound on... more»
June 9, 2016
I don’t know about where you are at but the heat is on here in Kansas City. Yesterday was ninety degrees and today is set to go higher. I spent most of my evening yesterday in the cool waters of our neighborhood pool.
I hope that all of your air conditioners rather... more»
June 9, 2016
What is 1234YF?
1234YF refrigerant is designed to be an alternative to the R-134a HFC refrigerant that is used today. R-134a has been discontinued in the European Union and is on it’s way to being discontinued in the United States. 134a is being phased out due to... more»
May 3, 2016
In case you were wondering HFO refrigerants are the refrigerants of the future. (Hydrofluoroolefins) The commonly used HFCs of today are already slowly being phased out across the world and are being replaced with either the Chemours Opteon brand or the Honeywell Solstice... more»
April 29, 2016
Well ladies and gentleman it’s that time of year again. The summer season is just around the corner. The question is what will the pricing on R-410A do over the dog days of summer?
In 2010 the United States kissed goodbye to the ever popular HCFC R-22 refrigerant and... more»
April 27, 2016
A company out of Singapore was fined $150,000 as a direct result of a hydrocarbon refrigerant explosion that killed one worker and injured two others. The event happened back in 2012 at a factory where three workers were tasked with converting a unit away from the... more»
April 26, 2016
It’s already approaching the end of April and the first days of summer will be coming before we know it. The question on everyone’s mind, or at least on my mind, is what will the pricing on R-134a refrigerant do this year? How does the pricing compare to last... more»
April 26, 2016
Towards the end of last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule that would modify the current Refrigerant Sales Restriction. As it is today if you wish to purchase CFC or HCFC refrigerants such as R-12, R-22, or R-502 you would need to either be 609... more»
April 25, 2016
It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. The time when you start sweating profusely the moment you walk out your front door. The time when you feel like you are in a pre-heating oven every time you take a step outside. (Some people call this time of year... more»
April 25, 2016
Well ladies and gentlemen it’s another year and we are only a few weeks away from air conditioning season. (Some people call this time of year summer.) Around this time last year I did a post describing exactly how much R-22 Refrigerant/Freon costs by the cylinder and... more»
April 22, 2016
In July of last year the American Hydroflurocarbon Coalition filed a lawsuit with the United States Department of Commerce on imported R-134a refrigerants. The lawsuit primarily against the Chinese imports of R-134a. The coalition is made up of some of the largest... more»
January 21, 2016
Earlier this month Northcutt, a company specializing in refrigerated trailers, was fined $100,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was found that Northcutt was promoting and actively selling alternative refrigerants to the standard R-404A used in refrigerated... more»
October 2, 2015
Yesterday I did a post about the upcoming meeting in Dubai to discuss the phase out of HydroFluroCarbons. Well, before we can phase out HFC refrigerants we need to have a suitable replacement product. The refrigerant industry is moving towards HydroFluroOlefins, or HFOs,... more»
October 1, 2015
In just a month from now one-hundred and ninety-seven countries will meet in Dubai for the twenty-seventh meeting of the Montreal Protocol Treaty. The meeting is to start on November 1st and is expected to last most of the week.
Unlike in the past where these meetings were... more»
October 1, 2015
The initial phase out of HydroChloroFluroCarbons began for most developed countries in the early 2000s. Here in the United States the first big step that we took was in 2010 when the phase out of R-22 Refrigerant began. It was a staggered process as most phase outs have... more»
September 30, 2015
Yesterday it was announced that A-Gas Americas has acquired the refrigerant reclamation company known as Refri-Claim. Refri-Claim was a sub division of the larger company ICOR International. This acquisition will give A-Gas Americas a significant boost in refrigerant... more»
September 29, 2015
I watch the online market for any mention of the words refrigerant, R-22, R-12, R-134a, R-410A, etc. It helps me keep a pulse on the industry and also alerts to me any possible stories that could be written. Something that I’ve noticed over the past few months is that... more»
September 15, 2015
Well ladies and gentleman I think it is safe to say that 2015’s summer is out of here. We are halfway through September and Fall is just around the corner. There are still a few hotter days here and there here in Kansas City, but you can tell it’s cooling off.... more»
July 29, 2015
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Environmental Protection Act does not play around when it comes to venting CFCs and HCFCs into the environment. On July, 23rd, 2015 BPC District General Energy Partner Incorporated pleaded guilty to one count of... more»
July 28, 2015
The beginning of refrigeration reclamation can be traced back to the 1990s when the initial stages of the Montreal Protocol were put into place across the country. Since then refrigerant reclamation has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry and is only expected to grow... more»
July 27, 2015
Last week the French President Francois Hollande held a Climate Conference in Paris backed by the United Nations. This conference involved many countries from across the globe and one of it’s main objectives was to hash out an agreement on an amendment to the Montreal... more»
July 26, 2015
Yes, Yes I know. This isn’t in any way related to refrigeration. That being said when winter begins to approach the refrigeration industry starts to die down, which I’m sure you are all aware. When it stops getting hot we stop getting calls. I was contemplating... more»
July 7, 2015
The End of R-134a
Well ladies and gentlemen the reign of R-134a has finally come to an end here in the United States. Last week RIGHT before the July fourth holiday the Environmental Protection Agency thought it was the perfect time to announce that they will be phasing out... more»
July 3, 2015
Yesterday I wrote an article detailing the announcement by the EPA to begin phase out of HFC refrigerants across the United States. This first announcement covers R-134a and R-404A. (Others are included, but these are the biggest affected.) The article can be found by... more»
July 2, 2015
EPA Announces Phaseouts of HFC Refrigerants
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... more»
July 2, 2015
MasterCool Refrigerant Recovery Cylinder Tank 30Lb.
July 2, 2015
Signstek Portable AC Refrigerant Gas Leakage Detector Tester with High Sensitivity
July 1, 2015
Product Review: Robinair (RG3) Portable Refrigerant Recovery Machine
June 26, 2015
Anti-Dumping Filed on HFCs With Department of Commerce
Here we go again. Yesterday the American Hydroflurocarbon Coalition filed a lawsuit with the United States Department of Commerce claiming that HFC refrigerants such as R-134a, R-410A, and R-404A are being imported from... more»
June 24, 2015
Refrigerant Reclamation – An In Depth Look
Refrigerant reclamation is a multi-billion dollar industry across the United States and throughout the world. If you are working with CFC or HCFC refrigerants you are required to recover the refrigerant and either recycle or... more»
June 22, 2015
All refrigerants are identified by having an ‘R’ in front for refrigerant and with a set of numbers after the ‘R.’ This numbering system has been standardized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers... more»
June 15, 2015
The Heat is ON for 2015!
Are you ready for summer? I know I am. I don’t know about you but it’s been one hell of a wet and cold spring. While I’m not complaining about the cold weather it sure would be nice for it to warm up and we could get some sales... more»
June 15, 2015
DuPont’s New Chemours Company to Launch July 1st, 2015
In October of 2013 DuPont announced that they would be creating a new company for their chemical manufacturing division. The new company would be called the ‘Chemours Company.’ The name Chemours comes... more»
June 11, 2015
13,000 Fraudulent Refrigerant Cylinders Seized in the UAE
Counterfeit refrigerants are slowly becoming a widespread problem throughout the world. Just recently there were twenty tons of R-22 refrigerant disguised as R-134a being brought into Russia. Russian custom officials... more»
June 11, 2015
How much is R-410A Refrigerant Per Pound in 2015?
First and foremost please note that refrigerant is a commodity and prices can change wildly from week to week. It all depends on demand and any market surprises. Think of refrigerant as oil. You always hear about how much a... more»
June 8, 2015
How much is R-22 Refrigerant per pound in 2015?
Refrigerant is a commodity and prices can change wildly from week to week. It all depends on demand and any market surprises. Think of refrigerant as oil. You always hear about how much a barrel of oil is in the news and see... more»
June 7, 2015
Beware of the R-22a Alternative Refrigerant
As everyone knows R-22 was phased out in 2010, production was scaled back in 2015, and it will be completely phased out in 2020. With these phase outs occurring over the past five years the price of R-22 Refrigerant has sky... more»
May 28, 2015
When is R-134a Being Phased Out?
It really depends on where you are at in the world. If you live within the European Union you know that 134a was phased out back in 2011 for all new model vehicles and it will be phased out completely from all vehicles 2017. The preferred... more»
May 21, 2015
Man Steals 150 Jugs of R-22
Earlier this month a man broke into a Norfolk, VA refrigerant distributor’s facility and helped himself to one-hundred and fifty jugs of R-22 refrigerant. The news article can be found here, but there isn’t too much to read as cops... more»
May 21, 2015
Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Fined $300,000 by the EPA
Enviro-Safe, a refrigerant manufacturer in Perkin, IL, was fined $300,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency this month due to them selling non-approved flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants. The refrigerants in question... more»
May 11, 2015
2015 Refrigerant Price Per Pound Predictions
I did a post on 2015 refrigerant predictions last November and figured I would do another post predicting this summer’s pricing as well as the fall and even into 2016. After all, it’s been six months since my last... more»
May 9, 2015
India Submits Amendment to Montreal Protocol to Phase-Out HFC Refrigerants
I wrote in a previous article about how India has finally come out in favor of phasing out HFC refrigerants under the Montreal Protocol. (Former article is here.) Well now India has formally... more»
May 8, 2015
Robinair TIF9010A Slimline Refrigerant Electronic Charging/Recover Scale
May 5, 2015
DuPont Refrigerant Splits into New Chemours Company
DuPont refrigerants is no more. Let that sink in for a second. OK, ready? Instead of DuPont Refrigerant you now have Chemours Refrigerant.
In 2013 DuPont announced that they would be separating their refrigerant division... more»
April 26, 2015
Kroger Opens New Store using R-744 (CO2)
Late last year the Obama administration announced that they were partnering with various companies across the country in transitioning away from HFC refrigerants and instead using new climate friendly alternatives.
Now, this... more»
April 23, 2015
Man Illegally Imports R-22 Disguised as R-134a
Well, we saw this in Russia a few weeks ago. Russian custom authorities seized a full trailerload of R-22 disguised as R-134a at one of their docks. You can click here to read about that post. I didn’t see any... more»
April 22, 2015
Refrigerant Shelving and Racks Now Available!
We now have refrigerant shelves and racking available for your van/vehicle or for your warehouse through our Amazon and E-Bay partners. The products available are listed below. Go ahead and compare to other websites and... more»
April 20, 2015
R-452A to Replace R-404A?
There has been a big push over the past couple years to replace R-404A and other HFC refrigerants with alternatives. The push comes from HFCs having a larger Global Warming Potential, or GWP. GWP is compared against Carbon Dioxide which has... more»
April 18, 2015
India Agrees to Phaseout of HFC Refrigerants
Well folks, the last big ball to drop has finally hit for HFCs. It’s only a matter of time now before they are phased out just as CFCs/HCFCs were. This Thursday India declared that they are in favor of phasing out HFC... more»
April 10, 2015
The 2015 Season is Almost Here…
Well folks we’re already mid way into April and summer will be here before you know it. It’s always difficult to predict what the summer will bring. Will it be crazy hot this year, or mild like it was in 2014? How volatile... more»
March 30, 2015
Russia Finds 20 Tons of R22 Disguised as R-134a
Russia has seized over twenty tons of R-22 imported in boxes of R-134a. R-22 was banned by the Montreal Protocol in 2010 and is scheduled to be phased out across the world by 2020. The production and importation of R-22 is... more»
March 26, 2015
Germany Automakers Rebelling Against 1234YF
Well folks it looks like the automotive refrigerant market is going to be split into two. Today, most everybody is still using R-134a as the main refrigerant for automotive applications. If you have been working on newer cars you... more»
March 25, 2015
Propane Refrigeration Coming to a Unit Near You…
A few days ago I did a post about how CO2, or R-744, is making a comeback in recent years and is being widely used in vending machines as well as other units. Well, keeping with the trend of alternative... more»
March 23, 2015
CO2 The Natural Refrigerant Gaining Popularity… Again.
Well ladies and gentlemen it seems that we have come full circle in the past hundred years on refrigerants. We started with CO2 and now we’re circling right back to it. Every time I’m writing one of... more»
March 12, 2015
What Certification Do I Need?
There are two main types of refrigeration certifications in the United States 608 and 609. I will cover both in this post as well as explain what each one is and when it is necessary.
I am going to start with 609... more»
March 12, 2015
The 2015 Season is Fast Approaching
Are you ready? We’re already into March and it’s just a few more months until the heat kicks in. I’m hoping for a hot, hot, hot summer. The more heat the better business is!
Personally, I just installed a new R-410A unit... more»
March 11, 2015
Earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency announced that they were approving five new refrigerants for use in various applications across the United States. One of these refrigerants, HFC-32 (R-32), is a front runner for an... more»
March 5, 2015
EPA’s SNAP Approves New Alternative Refrigerants
The Environmental Protection Agency’s SNAP program approved five new alternative refrigerants at the end of February 2015. These newly approved chemicals will provide alternatives to the high global warming... more»
March 3, 2015
Where Should I Purchase My Refrigerants?
There are a variety of refrigerant wholesalers throughout the United States. The question is, which ones should you buy from? Who’s providing the best product for the best value? I have complied a list of all of the major... more»
February 22, 2015
The Big Three Refrigerant Manufacturers
Chances are you have heard of most of these companies, but I thought I would do a quick overview on where the majority of your refrigerants are being manufactured. The big three are DuPont, HoneyWell, and MexiChem. Of course... more»
February 16, 2015
Fact Sheet on DuPont’s Opteon YF HFO
I came across this link today from DuPont’s website and thought I would share. It provides a fact sheet on DuPont’s newly announced Opteon brand for automotive applications. This is the new HFO 1234YF refrigerant that... more»
February 14, 2015
Counterfeit Refrigerants – What You Need to Know.
“Manufacturers, importers, and distributors of legal refrigerants, as well as industry trade associations, have stressed the regulatory and safety dangers surrounding counterfeit and illegally imported... more»
February 12, 2015
How do Refrigerants Impact the Environment?
Before I can answer that question there is the need to point out that there are a variety of different classes of refrigerants that are on the market today throughout the world. I will be going over the top three classes at this... more»
January 31, 2015
Top 3 Trends of Refrigerants in 2015
What is there to watch for in 2015? What product is being phased out? What is being introduced? What new regulations are coming? I followed the industry fairly close in 2014 and have come to the following conclusions on what to look for... more»
January 29, 2015
HFO Refrigerants – What You Need to Know
What are HFOs?
HFO refrigerants, or Hydrofluro-Olefins, are a new class of refrigerants that have a much lessened global warming potential than it’s HFC alternatives. One example being the 134a alternative, 1234YF,... more»
January 22, 2015
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Refrigerant in Bulk
How many of you are buying your refrigerant 410a or R-22 cylinders one, two, or three at a time? Well, I have news for you. STOP! You’re throwing money down the drain!
1) Competitive Pricing Available
Well, this is... more»
January 20, 2015
MexiChem Appeals Trade Commission on R-134a Tariffs
Tariffs on R-134a?
I can’t say that I am surprised by this. Most people saw this coming when the international trade commission ruled against MexiChem in the anti-dumping lawsuit on Chinese R-134a in November of... more»
January 18, 2015
Refrigerant Changes, Opportunity or Headache?
I’ll be the first to tell you that all of these new regulations and phaseouts in refrigeration have caused major headaches and pains across the air conditioning industry. It seems that about every five to ten... more»
January 16, 2015
DuPont & HoneyWell Preparing for the Rise of 1234YF
1234YF’s time has finally come. In 2014 an estimated three million cars on the road are now taking 1234YF refrigerant. In 2015 that number is predicted to climb to seven million. All but one auto manufacturer... more»
January 12, 2015
Sneaking HFC Refrigerants into the Montreal Protocol?
The Montreal Protocol
The Montreal Protocol was a treaty signed way back in 1989 by numerous countries in an attempt to slow down and eventually stop the hole that was forming in the O-Zone layer. It’s main... more»
January 1, 2015
Winter is Prime Buying Time for Refrigerant
Prices on R-134a, R-410A, R-404A, and R-22 are the lowest they’ll be this year.
First of all, Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing New Year’s Eve. I have high hopes for 2015 for my business... more»
December 22, 2014
The End of R-404A?
I was reading an article earlier this week that detailed how ThermoKing, a global transport refrigerant manufacturer, was looking for an alternative to the HFC R-404A. The reasoning is the same as for the other HFCs 410A and 134a. It been known for a... more»
December 14, 2014
In May of 2014 Mexico, Canada, and North America submitted an amendment request on the Montreal Protocol. The amendment suggested the phase down and eventual phase out of HFC refrigerants for all nations that had signed the Montreal Protocol.
The Montreal... more»
December 13, 2014
Quick History Lesson on R-22
First a little history lesson, R-22 has been around since the 1930s and turned into the primary refrigerant for all home and commercial units in the 1950s. If you had a air conditioning unit prior to 2010 chances are that it took R-22... more»
December 2, 2014
Is 1234YF The Refrigerant of the Future?
It seems we go through this about every twenty years now. First we had R-12 Refrigerant for many years but it was found to cause damage to the O-Zone layer. Then we switched everyone from R-12 over to R-134a in... more»
November 29, 2014
European Union Moving Towards Phaseout of HFCs
EU to the Rescue?
It seems that the Europeans Union does everything first before the United States lately. Up until about five years ago nobody in America had heard of Diesel Exhaust Fluid for diesel applications. Europe... more»
November 17, 2014
Does Brand Matter When Buying Refrigerants?
It really depends on who you talk to in the industry. Some swear by American Made Refrigerant only, others are all about price and say that there is little or no difference in the foreign products.
You always hear about people who... more»
November 15, 2014
How Long will R-410A Refrigerant be Around?
R-410A was introduced way back in the early 1990s by Carrier corporation. But, it never really took off as an alternative Refrigerant until 2010. Why is that? Well, R-410A is the go to replacement product for R-22... more»
November 13, 2014
What is the Future of R-134A?
The future of R-134A is anything but certain. There have been a lot of changes towards R-134A in 2014 and there are many more to come in 2015.
Mexi-Chem and Their Law-Suit
Towards the end of 2013 a refrigerant manufacturing company called... more»
November 13, 2014
There was a decision today made on MexiChem’s case of anti-dumping on R-134A Refrigerant by the International Trade Commission. The gist of MexiChem’s case is that the Chinese Refrigerant is being imported in such quantity and at such a low price that it... more»
November 3, 2014
Predictions on Refrigerant Pricing for 2015
Check Out My Latest Predictions from May 2015
With November upon us 2014 is coming to a close, we’ll be in 2015 in just a few short weeks. So, the question is what will Refrigerant pricing do in 2015? What price is going to... more»
October 31, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its final phase down schedule regarding production and importation of HCFC-22 refrigerant. It calls for an immediate drop come this Jan. 1 from 51 million pounds allowed in 2014 to 22 million pounds in 2015. After... more»
September 16, 2014
First and foremost, I’m going to try and keep Politics out of this. It doesn’t matter how I feel about this administration. The changes coming are going to affect the Refrigerant industry significantly.
Today it was announced by the Obama administration that... more»
September 9, 2014
It’s getting to be that time of year. Here in Kansas City we had our last hot day at ninety-five degrees. Tomorrow’s high is in the seventies and the rest of the week will be in the sixties or seventies. I’d say we are out of the heat of the summer and... more»
September 2, 2014
RefrigerantShopper.com now has the option available for bulk purchasing of your Refrigerant. Are you looking for a pallet of Refrigerant, a few pallets, or even a trailer-load? Well we can help you out! Just visit our Bulk Purchasing page by click here.
All you have to do... more»
August 21, 2014
I don’t know about you, but here in Kansas City we have had a VERY mild summer compared to past years. So far this summer we have STILL yet to reach a one-hundred degree day. If one hundred degrees seems crazy let me remind you that the typical months of July and... more»
August 19, 2014
R-12 Refrigerant is the original Refrigerant. At one point in time it was used for everything including home air conditioning units, automobiles, and refrigerators. It was invented by a partnership of DuPont and General Motors back in the 1920s and was being used as the... more»
August 14, 2014
Up until recently R-22 Refrigerant was the most common type of refrigerant for home and commercial air-conditioning units. Do you have an air-conditioning unit made before 2010? If so, it takes R-22.
Its popularity took off in the 1950s when it replaced R-12 Refrigerant... more»
August 11, 2014
In case you haven’t heard R-22 Refrigerant is slowly being phased out by the Environmental Protection Agency in compliance with the Montreal Protocol. This is a big deal. R-22 Refrigerant has been the standard Refrigerant for all home/commercial HVAC units,... more»
August 1, 2014
The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty that went into effect in January 1st, 1989. The main goal of the protocol is to slow down and to eventually stop the damage to the O-Zone layer that various chemicals were causing. It has been revised numbers times over the... more»
July 22, 2014
There are many types of Refrigerant available and it can be rather confusing as to what type of Refrigerant your home HVAC or your vehicle takes. There are four major kinds of freon today. You have your R-410A and your R-22 for your home/commercial units. You also have... more»
July 10, 2014
I’ve been on the wholesale side of the Refrigerant industry for over seven years now and I’ve learned when to buy and how to buy.
When to Buy?
First thing is first, if you’re looking to buy freon by the pallet you have to know when to buy. If you are in a... more»
July 9, 2014
Hello all, I thought I would do a brief history of DuPont, the company that invented and patented the name ‘Refrigerant.’ This will be a learning experience for me as well as I do not know too much about the company. Most of the information found in this blog is... more»
June 29, 2014
In order to be qualified to handle refrigerants you need to pass a test by the Environmental Protection Agency on either 608 or 609 certification.
There are different types of certifications to consider as well:
608 Type I Certification – Can only work on Small Appliance... more»
June 26, 2014
Refrigerants are a hazardous gas and storage of refrigerant should not be taken lightly. No matter if you have R-134A, R-410A, R-22, or any other kind of refrigerant you need to take the proper steps and precautions. Below are a few key points to remember when storing your... more»
June 24, 2014
Thought everyone should know about this, I didn’t write this article but it is in regards to new tariffs on R-134A freon. Click here for full article. This will have a huge effect on the price of R-134A. I was buying at $68.00 earlier this year and now the best price... more»