F Gas

Fluorinated gases otherwise known as F-gases, are man-made gases that come in four types: hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3).

F Gas Rules and Regulations

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs and HCFCs) are a type of Fluorinated gases (FGas) present in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

If they escape into the atmosphere they have a nagative impact on the environment. DEFRA maintains a constant review of F Gas use and its effect on climate change. Businesses are required to keep accurate records of testing of F Gas leaks in their equipment.

Leak testing of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment is a legal requirement and has to be carried out by an engineer who is DEFRA approved with a EQCC certificate issued by Refcom.

Compliance is enforced by the Environmental Agency and local councils and where businesses are not able to show the records of F Gas testing fines can be considerable.

Frequency of Checks

R410A (2088 GWP) more than 2.39kg once a year, 23.9kg twice, more than 239kg four times

R407C (1774 GWP) more than 2.81kg once a year, 28.1kg twice, more than 281kg four times

R404A (3922 GWP) more than 1.27kg once a year, 12.7kg twice, more than 127kg four times

R134a (1430 GWP) more than 3.49kg once a year, 34.9kg twice, more than 349kg four times