Advent Air Coolant Disposal TX

What You Need to Know About Proper HVAC Coolant Disposal

Workers in many industries will eventually encounter appliances they must remove and discard properly. Most refrigeration and cooling units, such as freezers and air conditioners, contain certain substances that must be handled carefully. The cooling and insulating features of such appliances contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

If these substances are released into the atmosphere, they damage the ozone layer and are therefore considered ozone-depleting substances (ODS). In an effort to reduce mankind’s impact on global climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created several guidelines for best practices in disposing of this sort of equipment. While it may seem harmless and tempting to vent the refrigerant chemicals in these appliances, doing so is illegal and harmful to the environment.

Proper Disposal of ODS

There are two options when it comes to properly disposing of ODS from discarded HVAC appliances – destruction or reclamation. Either route requires the technician to extract any refrigerant from the appliance properly and safely. Anyone involved with ODS disposal needs to obtain EPA-approved refrigerant-recovery equipment and the proper certification. Certification requires passing an EPA-approved test, and there are two types of certifications – one for high-pressure equipment and another for low-pressure equipment.

Once the proper equipment and certifications are obtained, the coolant may be extracted from the appliance. The EPA requires you to keep records for all extractions. These safe disposal requirements need to be maintained for at least three years. After the coolant has been extracted and documented, the people responsible for the disposal can choose to have the coolant destroyed, stored for future use, or sent to a reclamation center.

In order for recovered ODS to be destroyed, it needs to be sent to a facility that uses proper ODS destruction techniques; these include:

  • Liquid injection incineration
  • Reactor cracking
  • Radiofrequency plasma
  • Fume oxidation
  • Cement kiln
  • Rotary kiln incineration

The destruction site must have a destruction efficiency rating of 98% per Title VI of the Clean Air Act, and a destruction and removal efficiency rating of 99.99% per Title V of the Clean Air Act. Anyone disposing of ODS in this way needs to ensure that the destruction site meets these requirements.

Storage and Reclamation

Rather than having the recovered ODS destroyed, it can be stored for future use. Doing so requires that it be stored in such a way that it cannot leak. The final alternative is to have the recovered ODS sent for reclamation. The shipment needs to be sent to an EPA-certified reclamation center. You can find a list of them here.

It is crucial that any HVAC technician responsible for ODS disposal follows the EPA guidelines. The EPA performs regular and random inspections, and violations can incur fines of up to $37,500 per day. If you have any other questions about proper HVAC coolant disposal, reach out to us for more information.

 

Advent Air Conditioning Lewisville, Texas

Use Less A/C and Cut Your Electric Bill

Many consumers are budget conscious, and this is especially true during warmer months when air conditioners will be running to keep homes at a comfortable temperature. There are a number of things you can do to avoid going over budget, and these tips to reduce cooling bill this summer will help you stay on track.

Tips to Reduce Cooling Bill this Summer

  • Search for sources of air leaks in your home.

Picture air leaks as places where dollars are drifting out of your home when you turn on the A/C during the summer. They allow warm air to enter your home and make it much more challenging for you to keep your house cool once you turn on your air conditioner.

To find out whether you have air leaks in your home, start by closing all the windows. Turn off the exhaust fans and your furnace. Take an incense stick and light it, then walk slowly around the outer walls of your home. Watch the direction of the smoke as you make your way through the house. If you notice the smoke blowing away from a particular spot or being sucked toward the outside, you probably have an air leak.

  • Install a programmable thermostat.

Make a point of setting your thermostat a few degrees warmer when your family will be out of the house during the day. You can set it to start lowering the temperature shortly before you get home from work so that your home will be cool and comfortable when you arrive.

Keep the temperature in your home a comfortable 78 degrees during the summer. Running the A/C full blast to keep your home cooler means you will end up paying for it on your electric bill.

  • Service your air conditioner to ensure it is working at peak efficiency.

About half of what you spend on your home energy bill each year is made up of heating and cooling costs. If your air conditioning unit is placed in direct sunlight, you can expect that it will use approximately 10 percent more energy. The higher temperature generated by the sun’s rays means it has to work harder, so you’ll want to plant some tall shrubs or shade trees nearby. Make sure that you still allow easy access to the unit for servicing and that you don’t impede the airflow.

Schedule a tune-up for your central air conditioner before the height of the summer so that it doesn’t have to work too hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. An HVAC contractor will perform an inspection, replace any worn parts and check the refrigerant level in your unit.

  • Update your older model air conditioner to a more energy-efficient one.

If your current air conditioner is more than 12 years old, consider replacing it with a new one. Updating to an Energy Star rated model can save you approximately 30 percent on cooling costs.

When you are looking for a new air conditioning system, the efficiency level is measured by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the unit you are considering. High efficiency air conditioners have a SEER rating of 13 or 14.

Advent Air Conditioning has been providing professional air conditioning services to customers in Lewisville, Texas for more than 25 years. Contact us today to schedule your annual tune-up, discuss plans for upgrading your current system or to book a service call.