12 April 2017

Airgas Refrigerants has begun painting returnable cylinders light gray (RAL 704) in accordance with AHRI Guideline N, the “Assignment of Refrigerant Container Colors.” By 2020, all refrigerant cylinders will be painted RAL 704 light gray with labels identifying the refrigerant inside and with an additional warning label if the refrigerant is flammable. To inform customers, […]

3 April 2017

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by imports of R-134a from China.  The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that imported R-134a from China is being sold in the United States at less than fair value. As a result of the USITC’s determination, the Commerce Department […]

2 March 2017

Airgas Refrigerants enjoyed a very successful AHR Expo, held Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Las Vegas. We reconnected with many customers, gathering more than 800 new leads and meeting with a range of national, international and West Coast partners, customers and prospective customers. Traffic at the Airgas booth was so heavy that booth staff members retired […]

1 March 2017

February 23rd, the International Trade Commission (ITC) heard final arguments in the long-running investigation of potential dumping of R-134a by Chinese entities.  Airgas executives were in Washington D.C. at the hearings, which featured testimony from several U.S. manufacturers of R-134a. While the results of the latest ITC hearing are not yet known, on February 22nd, […]

24 February 2017

In anticipation of the implementation of AHRI Guideline N, “Assignment of Refrigerant Container Colors” to one uniform paint color, Airgas Refrigerants is beginning its transition now. Guideline N, announced mid-2016, stipulated that all refrigerant containers use one uniform paint color, light gray-green RAL 7044. This means that all existing individually assigned container paint colors will […]

24 January 2017

If you’re attending the 2017 AHR Expo/or ASHRAE Winter Conference Jan. 28th-Feb.1, be sure to visit with Airgas at Booth C 1939 in the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 60,000 HVAC professionals and 2,000 exhibitors will be in attendance. Take a spin on the Airgas Refrigerants Instant Prize Wheel. Come […]

1 January 2017

Airgas Refrigerants is seeing prices of R-410A spike weekly, with some manufacturers publishing two prices increases per week. These are resulting in increased prices to contractors and end customers, right at the beginning of the air conditioning season. Airgas advises customers to quickly consider their current inventories of R-410A and plan for a potential shortage […]

16 December 2016

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has amended its preliminary determination in the HFC-134a antidumping case against The People’s Republic of China for dumping R-134a at less than fair market value. While the DOC originally announced its preliminary determination duty rates ranging from 137%-189% on HFC-134a imports from China, it is now imposing a new flat […]

21 November 2016

U.S. companies might take a lesson from friends down under. Worksafe NSW, a government agency tasked with workplace safety in New South Wales, Australia, recently issued a safety alert noting potential risks of servicing refrigerant systems. The alert comes after several workers were injured using oxy-acetylene torches to unsweat copper fittings. The refrigerant in the […]

13 October 2016

On September 26, 2016, EPA issued two pre-publication final rules. A quick summary of changes include; more stringent requirements for repairing leaks in larger appliances, new recordkeeping for the disposal of appliances with more than 50 lbs. of refrigerant, new reporting requirements when larger appliances leak more than 125% of their charge in a calendar […]