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The F-Gas switch-over

April 27, 2018 featured image

This year marks the start of major changes to F-Gas regulations, which have been enforced to reduce emissions by 79% before 2030.

The aim is to completely stop using HCF’s with high Global Warming Potential (GWP) in refrigeration, heat pump and air-conditioning units and as an installer, you’ll want to keep up with the changes.

How will it affect me?

The phased switch-over to less harmful gases has started already so it’s important that you know all about them.

Developed to replace the harmful R404A and R410A amongst others, the new gases have their own characteristics and some potential safety issues, so you need to be up to speed.

Manufacturers have agreed to help their customers update existing machinery so that it will last its natural life-span, but to ensure older systems are running as efficiently as possible, regular maintenance will be key.

A ban on servicing high GWP equipment won’t come into effect until the switch over is nearer completion, so there’s a while yet to help your customers get to grip with the transition.

How can I find out about the changes?

The easiest way to ensure you’re up to date with what’s going on is to refresh your training.

The new lower GWP gases are substantially different and installers will need proper training to use both the new gases and new equipment safely.

Those qualifying for the first time will have taken the latest F-Gas qualifications and benefit from the fact that they have covered the new refrigerants, but being an experienced installer may leave you at a disadvantage on this front.

Your qualifications are still valid, but don’t cover the new technologies and updates to standards.

Why choose Logic4training?

The LCL Level 3 F-Gas course we offer was developed in partnership with industry experts, Business Edge and unlike others, includes some of the new gases.

It covers Categories 1 and 2, providing candidates with the sills to deal with complex tasks involved in the installation, maintenance and servicing of refrigeration, heat pump and air conditioning, making it the leading F-Gas qualification available in the UK today.

For more details, please click here.

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