Climate Center, the UK’s largest refrigeration and air conditioning distributor, has made reclaimed R22 refrigerant available through its nationwide network of branches.
The supply arrangement has been achieved thanks to a partnership with refrigerant specialist A-Gas, which is responsible for processing and certifying the reclaimed fluid.
The sale and use of virgin R22 for topping up existing refrigeration and air conditioning system was banned across the EU from the beginning of this year, under the
Ozone Depleting Products directive.
The reclaimed refrigerant has a purity of at least 99.5 per cent after being passed through a multi-stage refinement process to remove contaminants and analysed by gas chromatography to international standard ARI 700.
Climate Center’s Robert Franklin said: “Despite the long-expected phase-out, R22 remains a key refrigerant for both air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The availability of certified-quality reclaimed refrigerant will give customers time to plan ahead to replace plant in an orderly and managed way.”
He added: “Quality is a key issue in relation to reclaimed refrigerant. It is important the reclaimed refrigerant is produced by a company licensed by the Environment Agency and it is produced to an agreed standard such as ARI 700.”
Ken Logan of A-Gas said: “We believe reclaimed R22 offers a good transitional solution for those exposed, to help bridge the gap until long-term alternatives can be
planned and installed.”
Climate Center said that pricing for reclaimed R22 will be “competitive with alternative R22 replacement blends, with an assurance that it will be compatible with existing equipment”.
Climate Center is supplying reclaimed R22 in 13 kg and 60 kg cylinders. These have the same colour code identification as new R22, but have different stickers and shrink wrap seals.
To ensure traceability, all cylinders are barcoded to identify the batch of the original reclaimed product.Under the ODP legislation, reclaimed R22 can be used until the end of 2014 and Climate Center said it will continue to supply the product until that date, subject to availability of supplies.
The distributor said it believes that in air conditioning alone, there are between 60,000 and 100,000 systems in the UK dependent on R22. It is expected that demand for reclaimed refrigerant could quickly outstrip supply as the requirement for system top-up grows.