Hey True, What’s With The New Model Numbers?

True - Commercial RefrigeratorYou may have noticed that some of the True model numbers that you’ve known for years have grown a bit longer. If you haven’t noticed, they’ve all been tagged with “HC” in the model number. The change will affect all of the model numbers, but it’s a slow change over at True Manufacturing, taking place over several months starting this past February and will continue through 2015.

So what’s with the change? The folks over at True have converted all of their refrigerant from the old R-134 refrigerant to a new HydroCarbon R-290 refrigerant (or “HC”). It’s a sweeping change for the manufacturer with several benefits to you, the customer, as well as for the environment.

The new HC refrigerant releases fewer emissions and is much more efficient at cooling. Now designers specifying hydrocarbon refrigerants can utilize smaller compressors and heat exchangers, a lower volume of refrigerant, and thus achieve lower energy consumption, shaving weight, space, and cost. With less energy needed to get the compressor chugging, consumer electric bills go down.

Hydrocarbon refrigerants also take less energy to make and have no toxic inputs during manufacture, are dirt cheap (pennies instead of dollars per pound) and do not require expensive and tricky recovery operations at end of product life.

A couple of tips before you rush out the door (or online!) to buy your new refrigerator:

  • if you are replacing a refrigerator or freezer, be sure to properly dispose of the old unit
  • the new HC refrigerant is highly flammable, do not pinch or puncture the refrigerant tubing

 

Tags: commercial refrigerator, HC refrigerant, HydroCarbonR-290, new model numbers, True Manufacturing

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