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A-Gas opens refrigerant test lab in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND: Refrigerant management company A-Gas has launched the first laboratory in New Zealand with the capability to test the quality of refrigerants against AHRI Standard 700.

AHRI Standard 700 is the international quality standards on moisture and purity specifications that ensure refrigerants are fit for purpose when used in vital refrigeration and cooling systems.

Located at its site in south Auckland, A-Gas claims that the new laboratory is the only facility in New Zealand that can offer customers comprehensive testing and analysis of refrigerant quality, enabling proactive diagnosis of potential issues for system owners and to assist contractors to understand a baseline for future work to be carried out.

“Refrigerants that are unable meet important AHRI conformance specifications, such as purity and acidity, are at risk of causing poor system performance and efficiency, consequently contributing to potential system deterioration,” said Mitch Williamson, A-Gas New Zealand country manager.

The new facility comes at a time when reclaimed refrigerants are becoming an increasingly important part of the supply mix due to significant worldwide HFC phase downs. Re-using recovered refrigerant without appropriate testing and reprocessing introduces the potential risk of equipment damage and poor efficiency from non-certified or untested, low purity refrigerants.

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