Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA) is seeking help from HVAC&R technicians to better understand what happens to refrigerant from split system air conditioners when they are replaced. And it is paying for the data.
RRA is a not-for-profit organisation that works with industry to recover, reclaim and destroy surplus and unwanted refrigerants.
The organisation is offering air conditioning contractors and technicians $20 cash each time they log data when decommissioning or replacing split systems. Currently, about half the refrigerant installed in Australia is in split air conditioning systems.
The feedback is being collected via an app, available for download on the App store and Google Play. The app collects data on the brand, age, refrigerant type, installed charge and amount of gas recovered.
While the RRA says it has a fair idea of the number of systems and amount of refrigerant installed in Australia, it aims to find out how long the systems last, how much they leak, and how much refrigerant is left when they get replaced. All feedback will be kept confidential, says RRA.