For those silly enough to think that can use propane as refrigerant in an
air conditioning unit.
I got an e-Mail in from a friend who said "It was only a 2hp unit about 3kgs
It caused quote an explosion.
BTW 3 Kg would be a bit more that 6 pounds.
Normal refrigerants do not explode nor burn..
Ammonia does but you would be a hero to use that. It does not like copper
and it is poisonous.
A couple of the old meat packing/cutting plants near me in NYC
in the "meat packing district", which were taking in trailer loads
of beef and slicing/dicing for local markets, were still in operation
as late as five years ago. And yes, many used ammonia...
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
"danny burstein" wrote in message of
Ammonia is a terrifically good refrigerant, but not for air conditioning.
As a refrigerant it is quite efficient.
In homes it is generally limited to absorption type refrigerators (where
heat causes cooling)
It turns to bad caustic when it mixes with moisture (in the eyes, nose &
It attacks copper.
Usually in plants where ammonia is used they have protection devices. Trust
me you do not want to be around when it leaks out.
//Ammonia refrigerant also has many applications, such as use in industrial
facilities like meat, poultry, and fish processing plants, dairy and ice
cream plants, wineries and breweries, soft drink processing facilities, and
cold storage warehouses.
When handled properly, ammonia refrigerants are very friendly, efficient,
and versatile. But, like many other chemicals, ammonia must be handled with
care. If it is not, it can have health consequences for the technician and
others. Ammonia is labeled as a high health hazard because it is corrosive
to the skin, eyes, and lungs. According to the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA), “Exposure to 300 ppm is immediately dangerous
to life and health. Ammonia is also flammable at concentrations of
approximately 15 to 28 percent by volume in air. When mixed with lubricating
oils, its flammable concentration range is increased. It can explode if
released in an enclosed space with a source of ignition present, or if a
vessel containing anhydrous ammonia is exposed to fire.”\\
Add Ice plants to your list of ammonia users. Also one problem with
ammonia now, people use it as part of the meth making chemistry. I
worked in a building that also housed the office for an ice plant. They
stored the ammonia bottles in the ice making plant near the office. They
had several bottles stolen, don't think they ever caught anyone.
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