10.11.2013 13:33

R134a, also known as Tetrafluoroethane

R134a Compressors


R134a, also known as Tetrafluoroethane, is a chemical component generally used for refrigeration. Particularly suitable for a wide variety of commercial uses, R134a has recently become one of the most broadly used refrigeration components. Known for its great efficiency and reliability, Tetrafluoroethane has allowed the proliferation of a great number of R134a compressors. This short article will provide more information about some of the most popular R134a compressors on the market, focusing on some of their main features and potential uses as well on how to take care of them.

Compressors Designed for the R134a Refrigerant


A significant number of companies have designed different compressor models that support the use of Tetrafluoroethane. For instance, Bock has recently introduced a new line of compressors that are able to take advantage of some of the main features of R134a. Commonly used in a broad range of supermarket applications, the HGX5/725-4 and the HGX5/945-4 R134a compressors offer very efficient motors and a new valve plate system especially designed for the use of the Tetrafluoroethane refrigerant. Danfoss, on the other hand, also offers high quality R134a compressors, like its brand-new F-Series, especially designed for those people in need of higher-capacity compressors.

It is also possible to find some R134a direct current compressors, which can be connected to the DC supply. Compatible with 12V and 24V systems, these compressors can be used in applications powered by solar energy or even in cars and minivans. R134a compressors, such as the BD35, BD50 or BD80F models by Danfoss have become a great alternative for those people in search of more portable and convenient compressors.

How to Take Care of a R134a Compressor


While some of the new lines of R134a compressors are extremely reliable and are able to support elevated pressures and temperatures, it is imperative to understand that these are delicate devices that should be protected from external hazards. First of all, R134a compressors should always be kept at a very low temperature, making sure that air is allowed to flow freely. The overload of the compressor can also be prevented by using ample condenser surfaces, something that can reduce the internal temperature and facilitate the ventilation around the internal components of the device. In the case of most R134a compressors, the condensing temperature should never go beyond 60° C. At the same time, during peak conditions, temperature must never surpass 70° C.

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