Since establishing that the common hydrochlorofluorocarbon refrigerant R-22, which has been in use for decades, is not as environmentally friendly as experts formerly believed, the Environmental Protection Agency has been trying to phase out the refrigerant and will ultimately prohibit it entirely. The phase-out of R-22 started in 2010, and it was completed in 2015. The use of the refrigerant will be severely restricted by 2020, and it will be altogether outlawed by 2030.
As more consumers seek environmentally friendly, efficient, and cost-effective freon alternatives to ensure their refrigerant-based machinery and equipment continue to function in their homes, businesses, and industrial work sites, they are looking for environmentally friendly, efficient, and cost-effective freon alternatives.
Norflurane, a haloalkane refrigerant having thermodynamic characteristics, is also known as R-134A. R-134A is a single component that is not mixed like other R-12 and R-22 substitutes. As a result, dealing with refrigerants does not need the deployment of several recovery units.
According to EPA standards, every product that uses or recycles a mix needs separate equipment for each component. R-134A is currently the only certified replacement refrigerant for retrofitting R-12 air conditioning systems in automobiles, which is also its most popular use. Retrofitting, on the other hand, must adhere to established protocols in order to prevent difficulties or safety concerns.
Retrofitting is often a simple operation. Typically, the procedure includes replacing the car’s accumulator or receiver/dryer, removing any old compressor oil, and replacing the high-pressure switch on the vehicle air conditioner. Regardless of how simple the procedure is, it must be carried out with care and thoroughness. If any R-22 remains in the system, it may cause cross-contamination.
Cross-contamination of R-22 and R-134A may reduce the reliability of the vehicle’s cooling system and boost the compressor head pressure to unsafe levels, resulting in the system malfunctioning entirely. Furthermore, R-134A necessitates the use of a particular oil mix including either polyethylene or polyol ester.
R-134A is deemed healthier for the environment since it has what some experts consider a negligible impact on the ozone layer – some believe it has an Ozone Depletion Potential of 0 – but certain governments are still skeptical and have been phasing it out with R-22.
Westron can examine your facility independently and recommend an appropriate refrigerant. As industrial refrigeration engineers, their concepts, products, and installations are compatible with the most popular refrigerants.