New Freon Requirements for Refrigerators

February 4, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passes and enforces regulations that are designed to protect the environment and promote economic sustainability, and the regulations from this agency often change over time. In 2016, the EPA released revisions to the Clean Air Act regarding air conditioning and refrigeration units and systems. Understanding these regulations is essential if you own or operate refrigeration units.

Basics of Clean Air Act Section 608

The Clean Air Act was passed by the EPA in an attempt to reduce ozone depletion and mitigate the harmful effects of pollution from refrigerants. The revised provisions in Section 608 of the Clean Air Act place tighter restrictions on refrigeration maintenance and repair and require more thorough and comprehensive recordkeeping and documentation of refrigeration maintenance. These new requirements will directly affect technicians and impact the way that they provide and document refrigeration service performed for their customers. Below is a closer look at the new requirements that went into effect in January 2018. Technicians are now expected to comply with the updated rules:

  • Sales: Part of the revised Section 608 requirements restrict the sale of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Recovered ODS refrigerant may not be resold unless a certified reclaimer has reclaimed the material. In addition, the sale of ODS is restricted to certified technicians.
  • Certification: Any technician who provides service, maintenance or refrigeration repair in Addison, TX for equipment that uses ODS refrigerants must go through an approved technician certification process and have a copy of their certification in their business. Even after they stop providing services, technicians must maintain a copy of their certification for three years.
  • Recordkeeping: When a technician disposes of a midsize appliance (like a residential split system) with five to 50 pounds of refrigerant, they must record several points of data. The technician must record the location of the unit, the date that it’s recovered, the type of refrigerant that’s recovered, the quantity of refrigerant, where it was transferred and for what purpose, among other things. Technicians must maintain these records to ensure that they can account for all of the relevant information.
  • Maintenance, repair and disposal: Technicians must use certified recycling equipment to flush out ODS refrigerants from a unit before it is opened or disposed of. This same requirement applies to technicians who service automotive systems that use ODS refrigerants.
  • Leak inspections: There are specific requirements regarding leak inspections and refrigerator repair in Addison, TX for refrigeration equipment as part of Section 608. Depending on the leak rate of a given piece of equipment, an inspection rate of between once every three months and once each year is required until the leak rate is sufficiently reduced.

Learn more about refrigerator repair in Addison, TX

At Appliance Champion, we know how challenging it can be to keep up with ever-changing EPA regulations, and our team is here to help shed some light on these changes. Since 2008, we have been proud to provide comprehensive appliance repair services to keep your equipment operating as efficiently and effectively as possible for years to come. You can find out more about all of the services that we have to offer and get started with a complimentary quote and consultation by giving us a call today.

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