In January 2020, new F-Gas Regulations will come into effect, banning the use of refrigerants with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of over 2500, for servicing refrigeration systems.

All existing central pack systems and larger condensing units (with more than 10kg of HFC 404A) will need to adhere to the 2020 Service Ban. They will be permitted to continue to operate, however you will not be allowed to top up the system with virgin HFC 404A following service or repair. Owners of equipment affected by the Service Ban have three main options:

  • Replace the plant with new equipment using a refrigerant with a lower GWP
  • Replace the R404A with a lower GWP refrigerant (some components may also need to be changed to facilitate the new gas)
  • Use reclaimed or recycled R404A which is still acceptable until 2030


Systems with less than 10Kg are unaffected by the changes to the legislation. However due to its limited availability, the cost of R404A will increase and become a very expensive refrigerant to continue using.  After the 1st January 2020 it is still legal to continue to operate systems with R404A, but you will not be able to charge in any refrigerant using virgin R404A following a service or repair.

If your refrigeration system falls into any of the categories below, and uses hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) refrigerants, then you should review the options before the regulations come into effect as replacements may not be available and could delay repairs:

  • Small hermetically sealed systems – Examples of these include ice cream freezers, bottle coolers and retail displays.
  • Condensing units – These are larger scale systems used to run commercial display cabinets, blast chillers and freezers. Typically used in small shops, or convenience stores.
  • Central pack systems – These are normally used by supermarkets and larger shops to run large amounts of refrigerated equipment.

Here at Ryan-Jayberg, we are a refrigeration company who can provide a F Gas Regulations summary so you’re at ease about the changes and can have fully compliant refrigerants ready for the new year.

If your refrigeration system needs to be serviced or replaced in order to comply with the F Gas Regulations, then we will be more than happy to help here at Ryan-Jayberg. If you would like the F Gas Regulations explained in more detail, our F-Gas certified HVAC & Refrigeration experts are available at branches across England. Alternatively you can fill out our online enquiry form or visit our contact us page for the phone number of your closest branch.


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