Understanding Refrigerants | Level One HVAC

Understanding Refrigerants | Level One HVAC

Refrigerants are the lifeblood of every HVAC system. They are responsible for cooling your homes, businesses, and everything in between. But, what are refrigerants, and what are they used for? This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know about refrigerants and their uses. We’ll also talk about the different types of refrigerants and their applications to help you make informed choices for your property. Lastly, we’ll introduce you to the Level One HVAC Buyback Program and how it can help you transition smoothly from regulated refrigerants and mitigate costs.

What are Refrigerants, and What are They Used for?

Refrigerants are fluids used in HVAC systems to absorb and transfer heat from one place to another. They work by evaporating at low temperatures and condensing at high temperatures. Air conditioners, refrigerators, and heat pumps all use refrigerants to cool your homes and businesses. Without refrigerants, maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature would be almost impossible.

Common Refrigerant Types and Applications

Refrigerants come in different types, each with its own unique properties and applications. The most common refrigerant types include R-22, R-410A, and R-134a. R-22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant mainly used in older HVAC systems. R-410A is a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant that has replaced R-22 in newer HVAC systems. R-134a is also an HFC refrigerant used in automobiles’ air conditioning systems. It’s important to note that new HVAC systems are no longer designed to use R-22 because of its negative impact on the environment.

Transitioning from Regulated Refrigerants

The regulatory landscape around refrigerants is constantly changing. To mitigate costs associated with transitioning from regulated refrigerants, it’s crucial to have a partner that can provide on-site refrigerant recovery services and offer a buyback program like the Level One HVAC Buyback Program. This program is designed to help property managers and general contractors transition smoothly from regulated refrigerants and recover the monetary value of their refrigerants. Additionally, buyers get the satisfaction of knowing that their refrigerants are handled and recovered responsibly.

Level One HVAC Services offers refrigerant recovery, buyback and clean exchange services. The refrigerants we work with are available in regular or high-pressure cylinders (240 lbs. or half-ton), and include:

  • R-11
  • R-12
  • R-22
  • R-113
  • R-123
  • R-134a
  • R-404A
  • R-407C
  • R-410A
  • R-507A                                                                                                                                                

The well-being of our environment is a collective responsibility we all share, which is why the EPA has taken it upon itself to ensure that everyone is aware of the negative impact of certain gasses on our planet. Among these harmful gasses are old refrigerants, which have been found to be particularly damaging. Recognizing this alarming trend, countries worldwide have instituted stringent regulations to curb their usage. In the United States, the EPA has gone a step further by enforcing a complete phase-out of these refrigerants in 2020. However, this move has not been without its challenges. Companies utilizing refrigerants in their equipment are now faced with the daunting task of finding alternatives to comply with the EPA’s guidelines. Ultimately, it is through these collective efforts that we can make a meaningful impact on the environment.

Understanding refrigerants and their uses is critical for property managers and general contractors looking to keep their HVAC systems running efficiently. By choosing the right refrigerant type and leveraging the Level One HVAC Buyback Program, you can reduce your costs and protect the environment.

Level One HVAC Buyback program

We can help you transition smoothly from regulated refrigerants and mitigate costs by offering the Level One HVAC Buyback Program. We offer the best value for recovered refrigerants such as R-22 and R-12, in all of Michigan. We provide on-site refrigeration recovery services for the convenience of our customers. Call us today #248-486-6500 or visit our website for more information www.levelonehvac.com

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