Mobile Air Conditioning Society Reminds Industry on January 1 Refrigerant Sales Restriction Deadline

Distributors of refrigerants will be limited to certified technicians and businesses who employ them starting in 2018

The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) is reminding automotive technicians who service mobile A/C systems and distributors who sell refrigerant of the need to be aware of new regulations effective on January 1, 2018 concerning the requirement of technicians to be Section 609 certified.

The final rule published November 2016 extends Section 608 requirements to HFCs. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, sale of most refrigerants of two pounds or larger will be restricted to 608 and 609- certified technicians; distributors must keep refrigerant sales records and verify purchasers are (or employ) 608 or 609-certified technicians. Small cans (2 pounds or less) of non-exempt refrigerants may continue to be manufactured or imported and sold after Jan. 1, 2018, if equipped with self-sealing valves.

There is no mandatory re-certification, Section 609 certification once obtained is good for life. Technicians who have lost their MACS or IMACA certification may replace their credentials for $1 . by calling the MACS office at 215-631-7020 x 0 or following the directions listed on the Section 609 page of the MACS website.

“The MACS staff has been busy answering questions for technicians and distributors who are confused or have been given wrong information about the new requirements. MACS wants everyone to understand that if you are Section 609 certified your credentials are good for life. If you have lost your credentials and are MACS or IMACA certified, MACS can issue a reprint of credentials for a $10 processing fee,” explained Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS president and chief operating officer.