Automotive Air Conditioning Hydrocarbon Training

Automotive Air Conditioning Hydrocarbon Training

The College of Climate Change specialises in Automotive Air Conditioning Training and Automotive Air Conditioning Hydrocarbon Training for licensed technicians and refrigeration mechanics. Over 200,000 vehicles in Australia currently use hydrocarbons as their auto ac refrigerant.

Hydrocarbons are now one of the cheaper and most talked about alternative refrigerants in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. They are relatively new in the Australian industry and are quickly being adopted due to their energy efficiencies and cost. Hydrocarbons are Natural Refrigerants and NOT taxed by the recently introduced Australian Carbon Tax.

Due to hydrocarbons being relatively new to the Australian industry, there are many myths and misconceptions on their refrigerant properties, abilities and applications. For this reason the College of Climate Change sees the need for further training and education to the trade.

Hydrocarbons are one of the greatest refrigerants available. Yes, they are flammable, but if handled correctly and safely then the risks can be minimized. The Australian Standards have been designed to minimize all risks with all refrigerants and should be followed at all times.

R134a is the main refrigerant found in Automotive Air Conditioning. It replaced R12 due to it’s Environmental impact and is thought to be Environmentally Friendly. However this is far from correct! R134a has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1,300. Every 1kg of R134a is 1,300 times greater than CO2. While the natural refrigerant (hydrocarbons) only have a GWP of 3!

It is because of this high GWP that R134a is taxed under the new Australian Carbon Tax.

Flammability Vs Toxic

Hydrocarbons Vs R134a

300-400grams Vs 1,000grams

Would you rather use a costly, toxic large volume of R134a refrigerant or a smaller, cheaper hydrocarbon refrigerant that can be safely handled for flammability?

Do you ever use a BBQ, sit in a Taxi, use deodorant? Well all these products include flammable gases/refrigerants like Hydrocarbons… Do you purposely burn gas to start a BBQ? Are you scared of the 9kg bottle next to your leg? Do you sit in a Taxi with a 60litre tank of LPG behind you?

Hydrocarbons are non-toxic, unlike R134a and most HFC and HCFC refrigerants that are being used and accidentally breathed in by refrigeration mechanics. All refrigerants have their problems and issues, therefore it is important to understand and minimize them.

The College of Climate Change is worried about the potential miss-use and lack of education in regards to how to safely handle and retrofit hydrocarbons. This is why the College of Climate Change provides hydrocarbon training for the industry.

If you are a licensed Automotive Air Conditioning technician and would like to learn more about our Automotive Hydrocarbon Training Courses, then please contact us now on (08) 6142 0799 or

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