As an end user, under European law you are responsible for complying with Fluorinated Gas (F-gas) Regulations.
Commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems leak too much refrigerant - leaks of up to 30% during a year is not uncommon. Regular servicing, maintenance and leak testing can significantly reduce refrigerant losses.
What the regulations mean
Systems containing between 3 and 30kg of refrigerant charge have to be tested at least once a year.
Permanent leak detection have to be fitted to systems with more than 300kg of charge.
Leak tests and refrigeration usage has to be logged.
Engineers qualified to the F-gas regulations have to carry out the work.
The damage that leaks cause
- A leak of 1kg of refrigerant causes approximately the same environmental damage as a van covering 10,000 miles
- Increases adverse climate change - the 'direct effect'
- Reduces system efficiency
- Increases power consumption
- Increases CO2 emissions
It is illegal to top up a system with refrigerant without first finding and repairing the leaks.