What is the role of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia?

What is the role of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia?

Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA) has developed and managed the Australian program that collects, takes back, and destroys waste and unwanted refrigerants to prevent their emission to the atmosphere.

How do you reclaim refrigerant?


  1. Start with all valves closed (recovery cylinder, recovery machine, manifold, hoses.)
  2. Setup hoses as shown in the diagram.
  3. ZERO/TARE the refrigerant scale.
  4. Set the recovery machine to recover.
  5. PURGE THE HOSES OF AIR (this is done a little bit differently than in direct recovery.)
  6. Turn on the recovery machine.

Why do we reclaim refrigerant?

Refrigerants play an important role in the heat transfer process that makes air conditioning and heating systems possible. There are other important reasons to recover refrigerant besides the law. It’s beneficial for the environment, as it reduces the amount of harmful refrigerants entering it.

What is the difference between recycling refrigerant and reclaiming refrigerant?

It’s a used refrigerant that should have gone through a basic, on-site, cleaning process, which is normally carried out by the contractor completing the work. Conversely, reclaimed refrigerant is product that has been reprocessed by a licensed facility to the industry standard AHRI 700 to match that of virgin product.

What refrigerant gas is used in Australia?

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) such as R-134a and R-410a are now the most common refrigerants, making up 81% of refrigerant in use in Australia.

What is the fastest way to restore refrigerant?

In extreme ambient temperatures, submerging the recovery cylinder in ice or ice water is the most effective way to keep a cylinder cool. A well-cooled cylinder ensures a fast recovery process. It is important to note that rapid heat buildup can be an indication of non-condensable gases.

What’s the difference between recovery and reclaim?

As verbs the difference between recover and reclaim is that recover is to get back, regain (a physical thing lost etc) or recover can be to cover again while reclaim is (senseid)to return land to a suitable condition for use.

Can you mix refrigerants in a reclaim bottle?

In the case of the first category — intentional mixing — an obvious suggestion is to avoid mixing different types of refrigerant in the same recovery cylinder. Unintentional mixing can certainly occur when systems or previously filled recovery cylinders are not labeled correctly.

How much does it cost to recover refrigerant?

Replacing or recharging the Freon in your homes air conditioning unit costs anywhere from $100 to $250. But you’ll also pay a recovery fee of $50 to $150 for r22 Freon since it’s federally mandated to capture it and dispose of it properly, so it doesn’t damage the environment.

Is R22 still available in Australia?

Australia has largely phased out the import of HCFCs including R22: From 1 January 2030, bulk R22 imports will be banned entirely. From 1 January 2020, bulk R22 imported into Australia can only be used for servicing existing refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. Use of reclaimed R22 is allowed.