DPC has been reclaiming refrigerants since 1997. As the EPA continues to phase certain refrigerants out of production, it is more important than ever for the industry to embrace reclamation to ensure refrigerant needs are met.
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What is Refrigerant Reclamation?
Through extensive chemical and mechanical processes, used refrigerants are “reclaimed” to meet stringent purity levels and then they re-enter the marketplace for use in consumer or industrial applications. It is important to note that refrigerant reclamation is different than refrigerant recycling. The recycling process simply removes contaminants so the refrigerant can be reused in the same equipment or in equipment owned by the same individual; recycled refrigerant is not eligible for resale. During reclamation, extensive filtering, drying, distillation, and chemical processes strip the refrigerant of impurities to ensure the gas meets or exceeds ARI-700 purity standards, which are the same standards required of virgin refrigerant.
Is There a Difference Between Virgin and Reclaimed Refrigerant?
This is a common question raised within the HVACR community. Virgin refrigerants are often priced higher than reclaimed refrigerants and while industry professionals want to cut costs, they don’t want to compromise quality or service. However, there is no difference. For more information, see virgin vs. reclaimed gases.
How Can I Reclaim My Refrigerant?
Refrigerant reclamation must be performed by an EPA-certified refrigerant reclaimer. These reclaimers collect recovered refrigerant, reclaim the gases, and sell them to HVACR professionals. Many reclaimers purchase these used refrigerants, which can lead to opportunities for profit.
While there are many providers who purchase recovered refrigerant, not all of them are reclaimers. Ultimately, your refrigerant goes to an EPA-certified reclaimer. Going straight to the source eliminates the middleman and usually results in higher payouts. In addition to offering payment, your reclaimer should provide you with paperwork that documents that your recovered refrigerant was handled according to EPA regulations.
Why Reclamation Matters
As the EPA continues to phase certain refrigerants out of production, it is more important than ever for the industry to embrace reclamation to ensure current and future customer needs are met. Industry experts predict that the demand for these refrigerants will outpace their supply. Now is the time to recover and reclaim refrigerant.
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