As the government continues to aggressively regulate refrigerants, compressor manufacturers are actively evaluating alternative refrigerants for refrigeration applications. As they research the viability of low-GWP and other natural refrigerants, they face the concurrent challenges of ensuring compressors are efficient, safe, and reliable.
A 34-year-old man has been arrested in Louisiana for selling a substitute air conditioning refrigerant containing flammable propane. According to nola.com, the website of The Times-Picayune, Michael Wagner of Metairie is accused of selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of a substitute air conditioning refrigerant containing propane to unwitting air conditioning repair companies, professionals and DIYers. The refrigerant, sold as Super-Freeze 22A, was advertised as a substitute for R22 between 2012 and 2016.