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    R134a Refrigerant Quality v. Cost

    Has anyone experienced a difference between refrigerant brands as far as cooling capacity? I can get R134a at Big Lots for $7 per 12 oz. can. It looks like everywhere else in town, including Walmart, is almost twice that price.

    The brand I can get at Big Lots is distributed in Mt. Kisco, New York by Mid Atlantic. The can says it's a "[p]roduct of USA and China." I suspect only the label or can is made in the USA. I don't know if freon is just freon or whether the old adage "you get what you pay for" is applicable with freon too.

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    Re: R134a Refrigerant Quality v. Cost

    I'm totally making this up, but I would think it's the other way around. Cans made in China and shipped empty then filled here. They'd be lighter and less volatile so probably cheaper, or at least easier to ship from a regulation standpoint. Doesn't make much sense to make the can in the US, ship to China and then back again.

    ive got the big lots stuff before for a non-mercedes car and it worked fine.
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    Re: R134a Refrigerant Quality v. Cost

    Thanks. You're probably right -- Chinese cans. I just checked out Walmart and to my surprise they had the 134a for $4.88 a can. This is totally weird because less than six months ago I couldn't find it in there for less than $12. Maybe R134a is in season right now.
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    breaking my heart! I will be needing some for the C126 as I am 2 A pillars away from dash removal to ultimately remove heater box and replace my blown Evap coil and all the other rebuild bits. More on all this later....
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    Re: R134a Refrigerant Quality v. Cost

    I don't think that there is a difference of quality in the refrigerants. Some add extra snake oil to their cans for lubrication, leak sealing etc which is not needed if you have a properly functioning system.

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    Re: R134a Refrigerant Quality v. Cost

    Rumor is that offshore R-134a may not be as clean / pure / filtered / whatever as USA-produced refrigerants. I don't have any firsthand experience though.

    Side note - if anyone knows of a great deal on 30-lb cylinders of USA-made R-134a, please post the details here!

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    Re: R134a Refrigerant Quality v. Cost

    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    Side note - if anyone knows of a great deal on 30-lb cylinders of USA-made R-134a, please post the details here!
    R134a has doubled in price in recent months. You could find it at Sam's club for $68 back in Feb, it's now $120 for a 30lbs cylinder.

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    Re: R134a Refrigerant Quality v. Cost

    Quote Originally Posted by alabbasi View Post
    R134a has doubled in price in recent months. You could find it at Sam's club for $68 back in Feb, it's now $120 for a 30lbs cylinder.
    USA, Chinese, or no country of origin? The last cylinder I bought (few years ago) has no country of origin on either the tank or box...


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    Re: R134a Refrigerant Quality v. Cost

    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    USA, Chinese, or no country of origin? The last cylinder I bought (few years ago) has no country of origin on either the tank or box...

    Not sure, but it was a Johnson's bottle so not an unknown brand.

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