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F gases are fluorinated gases that include HCFCs, HFCs and CFCs used in refrigerated applications and equipment, including air conditioning. Certain F gases have been proven to deplete the ozone layer, whilst others directly contribute to greenhouse gases associated with global warming. EU legislation has been put into place in order to limit the use of these gases, controlling how much F gas is released into the Earth’s atmosphere in an effort to protect the environment. Legally, air conditioning installations and equipment that contain more than 3kg of an F gas refrigerant should be serviced once a year or quarterly if the system contains more than 30kg of F gas, checked for leaks and damage by a contractor certified to work with F gases.

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Owners of equipment that use and contain HFCs should, according to the legislation,

  • Use qualified, specialist and appropriately trained contractors to repair, maintain, dispose of and service refrigerant and equipment
  • Use any and all measures to help prevent refrigerant leaks
  • Repair leaks as soon as they have been detected
  • Recover refrigerant as necessary

Owners of equipment or systems that contain 3kg or more of an F gas refrigerant are under additional obligations, which include:

  • Conducting regular, scheduled testing (annually, bi-annually or quarterly if a system contains 30kg or more of refrigerant) by qualified and certified contractors with the intention of identifying leaks
  • Maintaining the appropriate records, detailing: the date of each leak check along with the results, the quantity and type of each refrigerant used, the quantity and type of each refrigerant which has been disposed of, recovered from or added to the system and the identity and details of the company and contractor who carried out the maintenance or service

Although the F Gas Regulations by law apply to systems that contain 3kg of F gas or more, the guidelines still apply to owners of smaller systems. Air conditioning systems that use R22 refrigerant do not fall under the legislation, although regular testing is still required under legislation that protects the ozone layer (the ODS).

Andrews Air Conditioning is approved and accredited by agencies including DEFRA and REFCOM to carry out F gas testing. If necessary, annual F gas checks can easily be incorporated into a Planned Maintenance Contract.

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