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How many of you get "carded" when buying refrigerant?

webbch on Thu June 19, 2008 2:55 PM User is offlineView users profile

Just curious - I bought my first 30 lb. tank of R134 at the local auto parts store the other day. I had my 609 card in my wallet, but was wondering if they actually ask about it. I actually had to go to two locations, because the first didn't have pure R134 - neither place asked if I was certified, much less required to see my card. Is this pretty common? I had to show my card about a year ago when I bought a 30 lb tank of R12.

Is 609 certification not required to purchase R134?

BTW, this question only pertains to buying "tanks" of refrigerant. I know you can buy cans of R134 w/o certification.



Edited: Thu June 19, 2008 at 2:58 PM by webbch

GM Tech on Thu June 19, 2008 3:01 PM User is offline

Never been carded for R134a-- you don't need to be certified to buy it.....even in 30 pounders

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mk378 on Thu June 19, 2008 3:11 PM User is offline

There's no federal restriction on who can buy R-134a no matter what the container size. Most places keep the 30's in the back for some reason.

webbch on Thu June 19, 2008 3:39 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thanks for the clarification - for some reason I had it in my mind that when buying larger quantities of ANY refrigerant, you were required to be certified.

comp on Thu June 19, 2008 6:21 PM User is offline

lost my card,,,,,ya dumb azz me

Chick on Thu June 19, 2008 7:13 PM User is offlineView users profile

If you remember who issued it, you can have it replaced, they just need your information to confirm you are you... ..Try to contact them..
There is at least one state (Nick lives there) that does require a 609 to buy R134a I believe..

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comp on Thu June 19, 2008 7:19 PM User is offline

so i may check on ASE's site ??

Edited: Thu June 19, 2008 at 7:20 PM by comp

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