Companies within the refrigeration industry have spent tens of thousands of pounds on F-Gas training, to make sure that their engineers are competent in the handling of ozone depleting refrigerants.
This was initiated to help the industry police the use of this type of chemical, and make sure that the people using them were suitably qualified to carry out the task in hand
Well low and behold; I happened to be in a well-known national chain of motor spares and parts emporium.
What do I see in front of me, cans of 134A with a gauge attached that shows green for good and red for bad, so you can do it yourself, whoever you are.
I am all for DIY, but there are some things in life should be left to the people qualified to carry the work out.
I didn’t see leak detectors or pressure test kits on the next shelf, or a note to say ozone-depleting substance.
It will just be a case of Joe Bloggs adding refrigerant to his trusty steed and the air con lasting for a while.
And when it inevitably fades, they will just pop out to the shops again to get another can of the magic fluid to top it up.
Now times that by a few thousand cans and it becomes inevitable that the ozone issues will still be with us.
Will the customer be asked to fill out a sheet upon purchase, to say were the refrigerant is going and keep a record of how much used, will he do a follow up F-Gas check? I don’t think so.
So I ask again, what’s the point?