R-290 & R-600a Hydrocarbon Refrigerants

Refrigerant grade R-600a (isobutane) and R-290 (propane), from ICOR International, are two new hydrocarbon refrigerants that are growing rapidly in use at the OEM level due to their efficiency and low environmental impact.  R-290 and R-600a are highly flammable and only acceptable for use by the EPA in small charge applications.  These products should not be used for retrofit applications.  Always refer to the EPA’s SNAP List (Significant New Alternatives Policy) for a complete list of acceptable refrigeration and air conditioning system uses.  View the R-600a spec sheet and the R-290 spec sheet from ICOR International.  R-600a and R-290 Hydrocarbon Refrigerants are sold in 14oz disposable cans only and are available at stocking distributors nationwide.

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Hydrocarbon Refrigerant FAQs

Q:  Do technicians need a Hydrocarbon Certification to legally work on a system that contains a HYDROCARBON refrigerant?
A:  No, for now there is no mandatory certification that technicians need to servicesystems that contain a HYDROCARBON refrigerant.

Q:  Do technicians need an EPA/608 certification to service a system that uses an approved Hydrocarbon Refrigerant?
A:  No, for now no certification is needed.

Q:  Do you need an EPA/608 certification to purchase an approved Hydrocarbon Refrigerant?
A:  No, for now no certification is needed.

Q:  What are the Hydrocarbon Refrigerants that are EPA Acceptable for use in household refrigerators and freezers?
A:  Isobutane (R-600a), Propane (R-290), and R-441A. With a charge size, not to exceed 57 grams (2.0 ounces)

Q:  What are the Hydrocarbon Refrigerants that are EPA Acceptable for use in retail food refrigerators and freezers (stand-alone units only)?
A:  Isobutane (R-600a), Propane (R-290), and R-441A. With a charge size, not to exceed 150 grams (5.3 ounces)

Q:  What are the Hydrocarbon Refrigerants that are EPA Acceptable for use in very low-temperature refrigeration equipment/non-mechanical heat transfer systems?
A:  Ethane (R-170). With a charge size, not to exceed 150 grams (5.3 ounces)

Q:  What are the Hydrocarbon Refrigerants that are EPA Acceptable for use in vending machines?
A:  Isobutane (R-600a), Propane (R-290), and R-441A. With a charge size, not to exceed 150 grams (5.3 ounces)

Q:  What are the HYDROCARBON refrigerants that are EPA Acceptable for use in residential and light commercial equipment for self-contained room air conditioning?
A:  Propane (R-290), and R-441A. With a charge size based on the Btuh rating of the unit. R-32 (NOT A HYDROCARBON, but has a 2L Flammable rating, may be used based on the Btuh rating of the unit.)

Q:  Hydrocarbon Refrigerant purity levels
A:  Isobutane (R-600a), Propane (R-290), Ethane (R-170), and 441A must meet AHRI700-2015 standard for air and other noncondensibles, and maximum minimum nominal composition

Q:  Do Hydrocarbon Refrigerants have an odor like propone for grills do?
A:  NO, Odorants (Stenching) cannot be used in refrigerant. They are considered non-condensables and can cause system problems.

Q:  Should technicians servicing equipment that contain a flammable refrigerant receive training?
A:  Yes! To avoid severe injury, and liability, anyone servicing a system that contains a flammable refrigerant should be properly trained.

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