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Frequently Asked Questions About Our DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program

We recently sat down with our distribution center manager in Clayton, NC to discuss what kind of questions she has been receiving regarding our DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program. The following questions are currently the most frequently asked about DynaCycle. We will update this list periodically as the questions change. If you have any questions, that were not covered here, about our DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange program please call or email us at the contact info below.

What cylinders do you accept in the Cylinder Exchange Program? We accept 30lb, 50lb, & 123lb steel cylinders. We also accept our DynaCycle branded composite cylinders.

Do you pay for gas? Yes, we do pay for gas. DynaCycle will issue payments in the form of check or credit, whichever the distributor prefers. To learn about the most recent buyback rates for gas, give us a call: (717) 249-0157

What gases do you accept? We accept all non-flammable HFO, HFC, HCFC, and CFC refrigerants.

How does DynaCycle handle dirty refrigerant, contaminated refrigerant or refrigerant recovered from a burnout?  It is expected that recovery cylinders may contain moisture, air, and oil. This is the reason that the actual net refrigerant contents of a recovery cylinder are usually lower than calculating net weight by subtracting the cylinder’s tare weight from the gross weight of the filled cylinder.

As long as cylinder contents fall within a reasonable range, as indicated below, no disposal charge will be incurred. In the rare case that cylinder contents fall outside this range, a disposal fee will be charged.

Why should we choose DynaCycle over another reclamation program? Unlike many other programs, we are still paying for gas! We also created our program with the help of distributors in the market to ensure that it was the easiest program for them to implement. We know distributors are busy and the last thing they need is unnecessary work. The DynaCycle program is flexible and customized to your business footprint, sends you all the necessary material needed to start the program (see the full list here), supplies EPA compliant reports at no charge, has no shipping costs, requires no obligation to purchase refrigerant or sign up annually, and has no pump-down fees.

Will I get paid for HFC blends such as R410A or R421A? DynaCycle pays $.10/ lb. for 100% pure HFC Blends (such as R421A) that can be identified by a Neutronics refrigerant analyzer. Anything less than 100% purity contains an additional component and is thus considered a mixed gas. It is cost-prohibitive to separate gases with 3 or more components so they must be properly disposed of.

How do we keep our cylinders organized while recovering gas? At DynaCycle we’ve created a cylinder sleeve that leaves you space to fill in your name and what type of refrigerant you are recovering. Use a separate cylinder for each kind of refrigerant. See picture below

 

For more information on the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program please call (717) 249-0157 or email info@dynacycle.com.

What To Do With All That Recovered Refrigerant?

With the cooling season in full swing, chances are you’ve been busy lately. As the season continues, there will be more refrigerant recovered. Did you know you could get paid for all that dirty gas? The DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program accepts all non-flammable HFO, HFC, HCFC and CFC Refrigerants. Let us help you! DynaCycle makes it as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step one: Join

Let us know you are interested in joining the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program. Your DynaCycle representative will work with you to determine the correct product mix for your initial shipment. We’ve got you covered! We ship you everything including empty recovery cylinders, tags, hazmat shipping labels, and shipping containers.

Step two: The Exchange 

Your customers may exchange filled recovery cylinders for empty recovery cylinders of similar type and capacity.  Filled recovery cylinders should then be tagged and placed in the shipping container that was provided by  DynaCycle. You’ll send the full shipping container back to us. We will simultaneously send you another container full of empty recovery cylinders. There are no shipping costs!

Step 3: Get Paid 

DynaCycle will issue payments in the form of check or credit, whichever the distributor prefers. We recommend that distributors share a portion of the program proceeds with their contractor- technician customers in the form of a store credit. This builds loyalty between you and your customers.

For more information on the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program please call (717) 249-0157 or email info@dynacycle.com

Happy World Refrigeration Day

Dynatemp Refrigerants Company is happy to celebrate the first annual World Refrigeration Day. We’ve been in the refrigerant industry for over 36 years and we understand the value and importance that refrigeration plays in our everyday lives. Refrigeration keeps our food from rotting as it is shipped across the country. Refrigeration makes it possible to keep vaccines chilled as they are administered across the world, saving innumerable lives. As the founder of World Refrigeration Day, Stephen Gill pointed out, even the rockets that landed on the moon needed to be temperature controlled in order to be successful. Our industry has saved countless lives, provides comfort, and even keeps the taste of beer consistent and delicious through a refrigerated brewing process. Who doesn’t love that?

Here at Dynatemp we plan to celebrate World Refrigeration Day by listening in on many of the discussions the IOR (Institute of Refrigeration) has planned. For more information discussions and events click here.

We are very proud to be a part of the refrigerant industry, but there is still work to do to ensure the U.S. continues to be seen as a leader in the industry worldwide. Over the past couple of years, the U.S. refrigerant industry has been stuck in a regulation stalemate. Starting with SNAP rules 20 and 21 being vacated, followed by very little progress on any federally mandated HFC phase-downs, and coupled with one-off state by state phase-down regulations, many of us are looking for clarity from the current administration on where refrigerant regulations are going. However, one thing remains clear, we must find and adopt technologies that have a lower global warming potential than the refrigerants and technologies that are widely used today. In the near future, we see HFOs and natural refrigerants as the most likely option for the next phase of refrigerants. Both have lower GWP than HFC’s which are the most widely used today. In addition to those options, there are exciting reports of technologies that could lead us in new directions.

One report came from the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) who worked with the U.S. military to identify 12 NEW non/low-flammable refrigerant blends with a low global warming potential. While there is still more research required to find equally efficient non-flammable, low GWP refrigerants this is a step in the right direction.

There was also a report in Science Daily of Japanese researchers creating a new liquid-to-gas phase transition using a graphene. This technology could make the use of natural refrigerants more widely adopted in the future.

Today is a day to celebrate and spread awareness about the incredible accomplishments of the refrigeration industry around the world. And, there are many. But, let’s continue to request a federally mandated HFC phase-down from this administration. Let’s continue to research lower GWP technologies for the future. The refrigeration industry has always advanced the world for the better. Let’s not stop now.

Summer 2019 Refrigerant Industry Update

Tariffs, trade wars, anti-dumping, Kigali, international regulations, and climate change. These are just a few of the factors affecting the current refrigerant industry to some extent. Note that none of them include weather, which has traditionally been the driving force behind refrigerant demand and price volatility. Over the last several years, we have seen each of these factors impact refrigerants in various ways, and to varying degrees. In looking ahead to Summer ‘19, we will look at each of these factors and their potential impacts. Please note that these are opinions, and should be taken into consideration as such.

As we move past the halfway point of the Trump Administration’s first term, we have seen the focus shift to trade and international sanctions lately. For the refrigerant industry, this has meant increased prices on steel cylinders imported from China, as well as the looming threat of tariffs on the remaining products produced in China and imported to the US, including component refrigerants. Put together with the current anti-dumping duties already in place for packaged HFC’s from China, there is potential for a major disruption in the market this year. Component refrigerants (R125, R32, etc) that were originally excluded from the previous round of anti-dumping duties are now on the list of potentially tariffed products if the trade war with China continues to escalate. As you know, the vast majority of the global supply of HFC’s originates in China. This would result in increased cost of refrigerant(s) from the PRC, whether imported in bulk to be packaged in the US, or brought in already packaged. As we have seen in the past, China is willing to manipulate the yuan to mitigate some of the effects of the tariffs, but a 25% proposed tariff would likely be too great to offset.

As the ripple effects of the US backing out of the 2016 Paris Agreement are still becoming clear, what has become clear is the intent of the rest of the world (184 States, plus the EU have signed on, with over 70 countries ratifying Kigali already). While the HFC phaseout schedule outlined in Kigali is more gradual than the HCFC phasedown schedule, the global desire for climate change regulation is growing. In fact, for the second year in a row, the 2019 HARDI Congressional Fly-In focused on HFC regulations and the entire industry’s support of the measure. From OEM’s to wholesale distributors, the vast majority of US businesses approve of, and are lobbying for, the ratification of Kigali.

In the meantime, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed legislation that would take the HFC phasedown from Kigali, and add more aggressive targets in order to meet climate change targets. A coalition of other states have joined forces with California, which would make implementation a messy affair, to say the least. Without clear Federal guidelines, a patchwork of regulations governing acceptable refrigerants and equipment will paralyze the industry. In addition to meeting global climate change goals, the Kigali Amendment (and CARB regulations) have been projected to have a net positive effect on the overall economy and jobs market of over $10B and 33,000, respectively. It will be important to monitor the movement of legislation, and the potential ratification of Kigali as the season wears on.

Finally, on to weather and climate. While two very different things, both obviously have an effect on the refrigerant industry. Firstly, weather. In the short term, predictive models from NOAA and the National Weather Service show increased chances for hotter-than-normal temperatures and normal to less-than-normal rainfall across much of the perimeter of the country this summer. While it looks like a continuation of the wet Spring for the MidWest, the rest of the country could experience a hot, dry summer. Generally, we would expect this to lead to a rise in refrigerant prices as demand ramps up.

As this relates to climate change, we can see clear trends in the overall average temperatures rising across the globe. While environmentalists have been sounding the alarm for years, what we’re witnessing now is a confluence of industry and activism that is driving major changes across the globe. In the medium-long term, these concerns are going to create rifts between countries/economies that have embraced reform, and those that have not. Low-GWP alternatives to current refrigerants will become more and more popular, as will natural refrigerants, which boast 0 GWP. Standards and regulations are coming into focus for mildly flammable (A2L) and flammable (R600, R290, etc.) refrigerants. As global pressure to make a change mounts, medium-term replacements are going to experience a surge in popularity until extremely low GWP refrigerants are widely available.

Over the last decade, we have seen accelerated change in the refrigerant landscape and markets. This volatile market and unclear future will continue until many of the above issues are resolved. Do your part today by becoming involved in decision-making and policy proposals. Ask your refrigerant distributor about their plans for reclamation and alternative refrigerants. Talk to OEM’s about equipment changes and plan for the future. The status quo is not holding anymore, and if you want to thrive in these uncertain times, learn as much as you can and make your voice heard. As always, for more information or to ask questions, please let us know at
info@dynatempintl.com.

Sincerely,
Will Gresham
Executive Vice President
Dynatemp Refrigerants