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Summer Safety Guide for Consumers
There are several safety precautions that all consumers need to be aware of during the summer months.
With the hot, sticky 30 degree weather that comes around for a short few months, the need to switch on air conditioning for some cool relief is a top priority. However, there are several hazards associated with these everyday systems including the selling of dangerous DIY hydrocarbon refrigerant kits in home and business air conditioning systems.
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“Retailers are aggressively selling these DIY kits that contain the propane used in a BBQ tank as a replacement refrigerant for home or business air conditioning systems” stated Warren Heeley, President of HRAI. “With the air conditioning season nearly here, Canadians need to know that flammable refrigerants used in home or business air conditioning systems can create the potential for a serious explosion and fire, which could result in injury or death”.
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is warning Canadians about the risks of using flammable hydrocarbon refrigerant DIY kits.
In addition to the potential for fire and explosion, these refrigerants are not approved for use in air conditioning equipment already installed in the home or business, and their use could cause environmental damage if the existing refrigerants in these systems are not properly recovered.
Home and business owners are advised to use certified air conditioning technicians and qualified contractors to recharge their systems with appropriate non-hydrocarbon based refrigerant products. All HRAI Member Contractors have been prescreened and have the required trade licenses, technical certifications and insurance coverage.
To find a qualified contractor, visit the HRAI Contractor Locator or call the hotline at 1-877-467-4724
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