• Inside the A-Gas test lab.
    Inside the A-Gas test lab.

A-Gas has launched its first laboratory in New Zealand with the capability to test the quality of refrigerants against the globally recognised AHRI Standard 700.

Refrigerants that conform to AHRI Standard 700 meet international quality standard

Mitch Williamson, Country Manager, A-Gas (New Zealand) Limited.
Mitch Williamson, Country Manager, A-Gas (New Zealand) Limited.

s on moisture and purity specifications that ensure they are fit for purpose when used in vital refrigeration and cooling systems.

Located at the A-Gas site in south Auckland, the new laboratory is the only facility in New Zealand that can offer customers comprehensive testing and analysis of refrigerant quality, enabling proactive diagnosis of potential issues for system owners and to assist contractors to understand a baseline for future work to be carried out.

A-Gas (New Zealand) Limited country manager, Mitch Williamson, said refrigerants that are unable to meet important AHRI conformance specifications such as purity and acidity, are at risk of causing poor system performance and efficiency, consequently contributing to potential system deterioration.

“This is why we’re extremely pleased that we can offer our laboratory and analytical services to help customers optimise the performance of their assets and avoid unnecessary costs in system repairs,” he said.

The capability of the A-Gas laboratory comes at a vital time as reclaimed refrigerants become an increasingly important part of the supply mix due to significant step downs in Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) importation.

Re-using recovered refrigerant without appropriate testing and reprocessing introduces the potential risk of equipment damage and poor efficiency from non-certified or untested, low purity refrigerants.

This is where A‑Gas supports the industry, servicing contractors and end users with full analytical testing capability in addition to recovering refrigerant from the market and processing it back to AHRI Standard 700 quality.