Refrigerant Recovery

Since 1992, section 608 of the Clean Air Act has prohibited anyone from knowingly venting ozone-depleting compounds into the atmosphere. Since then, all HVACR technicians servicing systems containing CFC or HCFC refrigerants have been required to recover and recycle or reclaim refrigerant to U.S. EPA standards.

The recovery of CFC or HCFC refrigerant must be performed by EPA-certified technicians using EPA certified refrigerant recovery equipment, although it is encouraged that technicians be certified, even if only dealing with HFC equipment.

Even without the federal no-vent rules, refrigerant recovery makes sense.  Large refrigerant charges, coupled with  a high  and increasing demand for some refrigerant, are strong incentives that encourage EPA-certified technicians to remove used refrigerant from air conditioning and refrigeration systems, and to have the refrigerant reclaimed for re-use.

To help HVACR contractors and their technicians comply with the law, PhaseOutFacts.org provides the following information: