Most people don’t realise that the refrigerants in air-conditioners and refrigerators can be extremely harmful. However not only can chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and greenhouse gases damage the ozone layer, but freon can also cause poisoning in humans if inhaled.
That’s why it is crucial to choose a licensed professional to install and service any cooling system. And to make sure your technician has a current ARC license before they perform work in your home or business.
The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) is an independent body appointed by the Minister for Environment and Heritage to administer the national refrigeration and air conditioning permit scheme. The ARC grants Refrigerant Trading Authorisations and Refrigerant Handling Licenses to approved businesses and individuals who acquire, posses, handle or dispose of fluorocarbon refrigerants. Their aim is to ensure that ozone depleting substances (ODS) and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG) are handled in such a way as not to damage the environment.
The best way to check if a technician holds a current ARC Refrigerant Handling License is to go to the ARC website and do a license check. You just need to enter the technician’s license number and surname and the search function will tell you if their permit is valid.
The ARC tick is given to businesses and individuals who are authorised to install, service and repair fridges, freezers and air conditioners, in your home, office or car. The tick identifies the license holder as complying with Australian law regarding safe handling of fluorocarbon refrigerants.
Freon is the trademark name for the liquid refrigerant used in refrigerators and air-conditioners. Without regular servicing, leaks can develop, making your cooling system less effective and potentially exposing you and your family to the escaping gas. Although mild exposure is generally harmless, poisoning can occur in confined spaces or through misuse. Symptoms include migraines, nausea, and fainting.
Gases contained in refrigerants cause ozone depletion and contribute to global warming. Just one kilogram of the most common has, R410a, has the same global warming impact as two tonnes of carbon dioxide!! This is the equivalent to driving a four-cylinder car for 6 months.
Because the refrigerants used in air-conditioners and refrigerators can be extremely harmful to the environment and to humans, it is important to ensure you book a professional to handle your cooling systems. Licensed technicians have the training and skills to correctly handle refrigerants and minimise the risk of emissions.
Most of our customers don’t even think about getting their refrigerator, freezer or air-conditioning unit looked at until a problem occurs. But just like your car, regular servicing will prolong the life of your cooling unit and help you to avoid expensive breakages. At Precision Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration we recommend you have a technician check your units at least once a year.
Get in touch with one of our friendly team today and we’ll send an ARC approved technician to assess your fridge, freezer or air-conditioning and ensure it is functioning efficiently and safely.
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