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Old 04-25-2001, 12:18 AM
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Do any U.S. suppliers still offer freon in 30 lb. containers?
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Old 04-25-2001, 09:07 AM
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I still see it for sale in BJ's and the like. I don't think that you even need to be certified to buy it in containers >20lbs but that may have changed. You just have to be willing to cough up the $600-$800 that it currently commands.
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Old 04-25-2001, 09:31 AM
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The sources are changing but only money keeps it from one's hands.

Most of the standard parts stores no longer carry it. It is my impression that only certified shops/techs can purchase it. It seems that I heard that R134a was joining those regulations soon too.
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Old 04-25-2001, 09:39 AM
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YES, you do

need to be certified and when this happened is when the price started to skyrocket. This happened around 8-9 years ago by the EPA. Even now you have to be certified for R-22 for home AC and the like but the whsl price is still under $50 for a 30lb. jug. I bought a 30lb. jug of R-12 just before the certification was needed and paid $194 at the time which now is a steal, and still have about 25lbs left.
NO, it's not for sale!!

Every now and then I see a jug of R-12 advertised in our local paper by an individual and asking near $800. I've heard there is someone near here who has a basement full of the stuff but don't know who.

Good luck in your search or changeover to R-134a!!

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Old 04-25-2001, 04:00 PM
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I manage to pick up a few small cans each year at garage sales, but I understand that it is freely available in Mexico. Of course you have to smuggle it past customs to get it back here (obviously illegal, so don't do it). Probably safer for the long haul to convert to R134 and stock up on it before our government do-gooders ban that too.
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Old 04-26-2001, 09:57 PM
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I have not actually checked into this firsthand, but I have heard that it is quite easy for an individual to get certified. Does anybody happen to know exactly what is involved ?

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Old 04-26-2001, 10:17 PM
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For certification info:

so you may pay $800 for R-12 (HA HA) go to the internet site of for all the details for A/C and all other facets of automobile repair.

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