Refrigerant Management Program
Required Service Practices

(Section 95390)

Consistent with existing federal regulations covering ozone-depleting refrigerants, required service practices apply to any person installing or servicing any appliance that uses a high-GWP refrigerant.

Beginning January 1st, 2011

A person performing any installation, maintenance, service, repair, or disposal of stationary appliances that could release refrigerant must satisfy all of the following:

  • Must not intentionally discharge refrigerants into the atmosphere – must make a recovery attempt using certified refrigerant recovery or recycling equipment.
  • Must not add any refrigerant to a refrigeration or air-conditioning appliance unless:
    • it is a class I or class II substance (section 602 of Clean Air Act)
    • it is an alternative found acceptable under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP, section 612 of Clean Air Act) for that specific system
    • Has been approved by the California Air Resources Board for use in that specific system
  • Must not add any refrigerant to any appliance known to have a leak except when required to maintain operations while preparing or conducting a leak repair.
  • Must hold a current, valid USEPA certificate and must use proper procedures
  • Must make a recovery attempt using certified refrigerant recovery or recycling equipment for that type of appliance before opening the appliance to atmospheric conditions. Attempts to recover refrigerant must be made even if the person believes that all refrigerant has been removed or has previously leaked from the appliance. Refrigerant may be returned to the appliance from which it is recovered or to another appliance owned by the same person without being recycled or reclaimed
  • Must employ procedures for which the certified refrigerant recovery or recycling equipment was approved by the U.S. EPA
  • must use certified refrigerant recovery or recycling equipment as specified by the certified refrigerant recovery or recycling equipment manufacturer, unless the manufacturer's specifications conflict with the procedures approved by the U.S. EPA or the Executive Officer for the certified refrigerant recovery or recycling equipment
  • Must evacuate refrigerant from a non-refillable cylinder to a vacuum of 15 inches of mercury, relative to standard atmospheric pressure of 29.9 inches of mercury, before to recycling or disposal

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For questions on the rule or to provide feedback, please contact Refrigerant Management Program Staff at (916) 324-2517.

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