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What You Need to Know - VaporTrans

Jul 22, 2020, 13:24 PM by Rachel Pope

Several weeks ago Jim Greer, Transformer Product Specialist, hosted the VaporTran Transformer Webinar. In addition to discussing the existing installed base and benefits of VaporTrans, Jim also covered various aspects of  this equipment that needs to be carefully monitored to ensure  adherence to EPA Regulations.

As you probably know, there are many benefits to investing in VaporTran Transformers, such as increased kVA (50% increase), significantly reduced core & coils size and an overall smaller footprint. These advantages have made VaporTrans number 1 choice when replacing a GE transformers that contain Pyranol (PCB). With this being said, it is vital that, as an owner of GE VaporTrans Transformer, you maintain your equipment regularly to ensure you aren’t violating any EPA Regulations.

Whether you maintain the equipment or manage your facility, the most important Refrigerant Management Requirement is Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, which prohibits the knowing release of refrigerants during repair or management. This means owners and operators must identify and repair leaks that exceed 30% IPR (20% commercial and 10% other). Following the identification and repair, you must document an initial and follow-up verification.

To learn more, please visit https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/608_fact_sheet_supermarkets_property_managers_0.pdf.

What to look for.

There are a few indications of a refrigerant vapor leak that could potentially violate Section 608 of the Clean Air Act. A few of the more obvious include:

  1. A loss of pressure, which is indicated by the pressure gauge.
  1. Refrigerant fluid level drops as the leak continues
  2. The temperature gage indicates transformer is running hot

Have additional questions regarding part availability, potential vapor leaks and repair solutions? Please feel free to contact the individuals below.

Do you have questions about part availability? Contact our sales team via email at

(800) 727-8443.

Technical Expertise
Jim Greer

Option to Repair Leak:
Contact Ed Smith | Qualortran’s