How to Store Freon

Refrigerators and air conditioners often use the refrigerant freon.
Refrigerators and air conditioners often use the refrigerant freon. (Image: Images)

Freon is a common refrigerant used in many air conditioners and refrigerators. It falls under federal Hazardous Materials and Compressed Gases guidelines and is therefore subject to a range of Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Handling and transporting freon should only be done by licensed individuals or companies. Whether in gas or liquid form, the freon must be stored in federally approved containers and facilities. Freon in old appliances should be removed by a licensed contractor and can be recycled under EPA guidelines.

Things You'll Need

  • Federally approved containers
  • Federally approved storage facilities
  • License to handle freon

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Store freon cylinders upright, according to DuPont, the manufacturer. Ensure containers are secured during storage and transportation so they do not fall over or get knocked down.

Store cylinders containing freon in well-ventilated areas where temperatures do not exceed 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure containers do not come into contact with corrosive or combustible materials during storage.

Ensure all cylinders of stored freon have OSHA-approved pressure release devices to avoid combustion or explosions.

Perform regular visual inspections of the stored compressed freon gas cylinders to ensure they meet federal Hazardous Materials Regulations, according to OSHA standard 1910.101 (Compressed Gases).


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