F Gas Regulations


The Montreal Protocol Regulation

The Montreal protocol in 1987 bought about the banning of CFC’s and development and controlled phase out of HCFC’s. Most dates and actions have already passed, however the final, most important date is still to come, 1st January 2015. Total ban on the sale and use of re-cycled HCFC’s (i.e. R22) the maintenance of all refrigeration and air conditioning plant. After this date only alternative HFC’s can be used.

F Gas Regulations

Records must be kept for each system containing more than 3kg of F gas refrigerant.

Leak Detection Frequency – The Rules

  • Systems containing more than 3kg – every 12 months
  • Systems containing more than 30kg – every 6 months
  • Systems containing more than 300kg – every 3 months and must be fitted with a fixed leak detection system.
  • Once a leak has been repaired a further check after one month must be carried out.

Energy Surveys

Energy inspections are statutory obligation in the operation and maintenance of air conditioning systems. All systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kw must be regularly inspected by an energy inspector. These inspections must be a maximum of five years apart. From 4th January 2011, the person in control of the air-conditioning systems must have an inspection report within 3 months of the day that person assumes control of the system.

The first inspection:

  • All systems first put into service on or after 1st January 2008, first inspection must have taken place within 5 years of the date when it was first installed.
  • Air conditioning systems were effective rated output is more than 250kw, first inspection must happen by 4th January 2009.
  • Air conditioning systems where effective rated output is more than 12kw, first inspection must be by 4th January 2011.