Shane Pinner, Pinners Refrigeration
Please be aware that from July 9, 2012, refrigeration gas prices will be increasing greatly, with this in mind there is no better time to look after and care for your refrigeration system.
Things farmers can do:
- Regular maintenance every six months on refrigeration system
- Keep condensers free of debris
- Monitor pull down times or refrigeration running, if pull down time is constantly increasing you may have a gas leak
- Check and update insurance to include mechanical breakdown, fusion and refrigerant loss
- Check for oil leaks around shaft seals of compressors
- Budget to upgrade refrigeration system to increase power efficiency and limit the possibilities of gas loss.
Remember the only way a system will lose gas is if it has a gas leak, all leaks need to be fixed and old refrigerants need to be replaced with new ones, a lot of old systems that ran on R12 refrigerant, now have replacements for that gas, however these are extremely expensive and should be retrofitted with the more modern and somewhat less expensive R134a.
Bottom line is – you guys get it hard enough. Start to plan the best, most cost effective option for your future in the dairy industry, there are many options we can provide and go through with you in regards to refrigeration, all you need to do is to take the first step.
Remember, look at the small list above and make this routine in the milking process, it will take an extra five minutes to cast your eye over the system, get familiar with what is going on and look to invest in the future of your industry.
Feel free to call me on 0408 291 914 should you have any questions in relation to price increases or options you could possibly explore for your refrigeration system, I would be happy to meet for a free consult should the need arise.