HCFC Refrigerants

HCFC (Hydrochlorofluorocarbon) refrigerants are the second generation of fluorine-based refrigerants, the original replacements for CFCs.

These products include R22, R-123, R-401A, R-401B, R-402A, R-402B, R-409A and R-416A. They are categorized to have low ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and high GWP (Global Warming Potential).

Therefore, these products offer slightly more environmentally friendly alternative than CFCs whilst also often providing customers with a quick and simple ‘retrofit’ of existing refrigeration equipment.

The Messer Group sells a wide range of these products in Canada in a wide range of packages including small, medium and large cylinders.

HCFCs contribute both to ozone depletion and global warming, and so are being phased out as part of global legislation including the Montreal Protocol and the Kyoto Protocol. Some countries and regions are operating an accelerated phase out. In the EU, the use of virgin HCFCs was phased out in January 2010. Recycled HCFCs may be used after 2010 until January 2015. It has been legislated in Canada that in 2020 no import of R22 will be permitted.

Messer supports the transition away from the use of ozone depleting products and can offer advice on alternative products such as HFCs, HFOs and natural refrigerants that have a lower environmental impact.

Any questions? Ask our team. We’re here to help.

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