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China made R134a: Quality?

ron in charleston on Sun June 30, 2013 12:36 PM User is offlineView users profile

Year: various
Make: various
Model: various
Engine Size: various
Refrigerant Type: R134a
Ambient Temp: various
Pressure Low: various
Pressure High: various
Country of Origin: Germany

I bought some R134a the other day at Sam's club, 30 lbs. cylinder, and when I got home and was putting it in a place to store I noticed the box said Product made in China. My old cylinder says on the cylinder manufactured in the USA.

What is the quality and purity of the China made R134a gas? Are there USA specs. they must comply with?

I did do I search and found nothing. I may have used wrong search word. If this topic has be covered please sent me to the right place.

China tank information
1-part#6330 same as on old tank
2-distributed by Technical Chemical Company same as old tank
3-Dot-39 with more number after all same except for last four numbers.
4-both tanks say Johnsen's on them.
5-old tank says manufactured in the USA
6-new tank says china on it

Sounds like Johnsen's moved their production of this product to China for economic reasons.

Edited: Sun June 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM by ron in charleston

TRB on Sun June 30, 2013 4:26 PM User is offlineView users profile

Have someone with a refrigerant identifier check it. I would bet coming through Sam's club it would pass.


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914lps on Sun June 30, 2013 6:36 PM User is offlineView users profile

I bought some of the small cans at my Sam's club. Also labeled as Johnsen's. I have not looked o see if they are made in China. However I am willing to accept them as being OK due to buying at Sam's club, and branded Johnsen's. Both companies have a trade name that is respected.
I also Googled and Bing'ed... Found nothing other then a possibility that the tank is made in china, but the refrigerant is US made..
Looked at Johnsons web sit, it says nothing about where the 134a is made. Pulled the Materiel data sheet. Nothing about where it is made

Thier contact info if you want it:
Technical Chemical Company
3327 Pipeline Road
Cleburne, TX 76033

P.O. Box 139
Cleburne, TX 76033


Customer Service
817-556-0694 fax
817-556-3724 fax

Email Us At:
Personnel Extensions

Sales & Marketing
Richard Miller ext. 4144
Larry Easterlin ext. 4112
Richard Vetters ext. 4109
Ken Adams ext. 4368
Kristen Gerred ext. 4143
Ryan Beyer ext. 4125

Melissa Richardson ext. 4120

Customer Service
Becky Carper ext. 4118
Landy Boody ext. 4145
Jada McAnally ext. 4113
Diana Davidson ext. 4124
Carla Davis ext. 4363
Clark Elmore ext. 4138

Technical Support
Glori Wilcoxon ext. 4134

Carolyn Jones ext. 4133
John Keller ext. 4139
Diane Hibbs ext. 4105

Gerald Bennett ext. 4365
Kim Wylie ext. 4366

iceman2555 on Sun June 30, 2013 7:19 PM User is offlineView users profile

TechChem is an established company in the AC market. Doubt every seriously that you should encounter any problems with their product. However, there is a good deal of contaminated refrigerant coming into the US with counterfeit labeling. Have someone who has an refrigerant ID'er check it for you. Should be 100 134a...nothing else is acceptable.
Get a chance google R40. This is the major contaminate in refrigerant today. Will surprise you.

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wptski on Sun June 30, 2013 7:54 PM User is offline

Big Lots sells Johnsen's brand R134A for $8/12oz can now for $6.77 till 7/7.

TRB on Sun June 30, 2013 8:14 PM User is offlineView users profile

People have to accept that the auto a/c industry has 80 to 90 percent of it's product imported these days. Just because something is labeled made in the US. Does not mean is has 100 percent US products inside.

Ice, does Four Season import any of its components before assembly?


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ron in charleston on Mon July 01, 2013 4:26 PM User is offlineView users profile

I just spoke with a nice lady in technical support at Technical Chemical. I'm probably going to misname some of the information she gave me wrong so please feel free to correct.

She said they make the china gas and the usa gas. Reason is some people just want USA gas. Stated that they check all the tank pursuant to AR700 test. They test on some kind of GC machine. They are checking for compensate, presence of any other chemical other than r134a and contaminates.

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