EPA Warns that Recharging Air Conditioners with Wrong Refrigerant Poses Injury and Fire Risks

April 10, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a warning cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of the safety hazards related to the use of propane in motor vehicle and home air conditioning systems.

The use of a propane-based refrigerant in an air conditioner that is not designed to use propane or flammable refrigerants poses a threat to homeowners and service technicians because systems that are recharged with an unapproved alternative can catch fire or explode, resulting in injury and property damage.

EPA encourages technicians and contractors to visit the EPA website for more information and recommends that homeowners confirm that air conditioning service providers follow manufacturers’ recommendations. Homeowners should be aware that recharging their cooling systems with the wrong refrigerant can void manufacturers’ warranties. Visit the EPA site for the press release and information on the most recent SNAP rules.