Refrigerant Recovery

Changing laws are requiring technicians to update and educate themselves about the latest refrigerant recovery machines.

With each passing day, more laws around the world are prohibiting the venting of refrigerants during service/alteration/removal work.


Refrigerant recovery can take place at any one of three stages during the lifecycle of air conditioning equipment:

• During servicing, when a partial or complete refrigerant charge is removed from the system;

• When the system is converted to run with a new refrigerant; and

• Before the equipment is scrapped and disposed.

Of the three stages, conversion is rare in a system’s lifetime; the system can still operate even after a refrigerant becomes obsolete. The large refrigerant charges and climbing refrigerant costs have been the most positive incentives for recovery.