Locking Caps to prevent Freon theft now required by law on all new HVAC equipment.

You may have heard of “huffing”. Sadly, teenagers and others looking to get high are inhaling chemicals now to achieve that desired high. They “huff” anything from spray paint to the Freon from your HVAC equipment. Freon is a CFC gas that is used as a refrigerant. Loss of Freon from your equipment can badly damage it. Worse, huffing Freon can result in brain damage and even death. 

To try to prevent people from huffing Freon, the State of Oregon now requires the use of locking port caps on all new HVAC equipment. The code reads simply M1411.6 Locking access port caps. Refrigerant circuit access ports located outdoors shall be fitted with locking type tamper-resistant caps. This requirement is for any outside equipment that is accessible, this includes roof-top equipment as it can be reached with a ladder. This law does not affect existing equipment at this time although if you are concerned for your liability or want to help protect others and your equipment you may want to consider placing these caps on your existing equipment. 

The caps are solid brass in a color coded aluminum casing. They are used on any equipment that contains refrigerant including ductless systems. They are secured with a special key that our certified Service Technicians have with them. 

 If you would like to have these caps installed on your existing system, please contact us at one of our three offices.


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