Refrigeration Industry Sector

AHRI's membership is divided into four broad groups called Industry Sectors, each overseen by a Leadership Council. The Sector scope, membership, and related standards and certification programs are listed below.

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Refrigeration Sector Scope

The Refrigeration Sector includes both products and components.

Detailed Scope

Equipment designed and used in refrigeration applications. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, both open and closed type storage and display refrigerators, freezers, refrigerators/freezers, walk-in refrigerators, walk-in freezers, commercial unit coolers, condensing units, air-cooled/evaporative condensers, remote condensers, blast coolers/freezers, and packaged refrigeration units. All types of mechanical refrigeration systems designed for installation in Railway freight cars, trucks and trailers and U.S. Domestic (demountable truck body) containers over 64 square feet floor area. Automatic ice makers, ice storage bins, ice dispensers of all sizes, and all combination ice machines, including combination ice machines and beverage dispensers, sold for use in commercial applications.

The sector also includes companies that manufacture chemical compounds that have significant applications in conjunction with the manufacture, operation, or service of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and containers and equipment used to transport, store, or process these chemicals or who reclaim recovered refrigerants to the AHRI purity specifications. Compressors and compressor units designed for HVACR equipment and building systems, Controllers and auxiliary control devices, which are primarily designed to aid in unattended operation, energy efficiency, electric utility demand reduction, cloud connectivity, fault detection and diagnosis, cybersecurity or safety in the operation of components of comfort conditioning equipment, commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment and Air and combustion gas moving devices, consisting of impellers, motors, and associated components, produced for other manufacturers in the air-conditioning, heating, and refrigeration industry.

Specifically excluded are parts, components, or products included within the scope of other AHRI product sectors, and equipment designed specifically for:

  1. Medical, scientific, or research purposes
  2. Telecommunications and switchgear
  3. Direct expansion application using refrigerants classified as B2 and B3 in ASHRAE Standard 34

The Refrigeration Sector includes both products and components.


Components
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Electronic Controls

Controllers and auxiliary control devices, which are primarily designed to aid in unattended operation, energy efficiency, electric utility demand reduction, cloud connectivity, fault detection & diagnosis, cybersecurity or safety in the operation of components of comfort conditioning equipment, commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment covered by the scopes of AHRI product sections. Such devices are to be responsive to, but not limited to, one or more of the following conditions: time, temperature, pressure, humidity, fluid flow, air quality (this includes all air contaminants including leaked refrigerants), current, voltage, or, power, and demand reduction or pricing signals.

Specifically excluded are:

  • General-purpose motor starters and circuit breakers.
  • All low voltage thermostats.
  • Component controllers and auxiliary controlling devices used in equipment not covered by scopes of AHRI sections, e.g. automotive and recreational vehicles, domestic refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners.
  • Gas controls

Blowers, Fans, and Motors

Air and combustion gas moving devices, consisting of impellers, motors, and associated components, produced for other HVACR manufacturers.

Chemicals and Refrigerant Reclaimers

    Chemical compounds that have significant application in conjunction with the manufacture, operation, or service of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and containers and equipment used to transport, store, or process these chemicals.

    Reclaim recovered refrigerants to the purity specifications outlined in the current version of AHRI Standard 700 (Specification for Fluorocarbon Refrigerants). The process can be used to reclaim customer-owned refrigerants or to reclaim used refrigerant that will subsequently be sold to third parties. Specifically excluded are refrigerants synthesized from virgin materials.

Compressors

Compressors and compressor units designed for use in HVACR equipment and building systems and not included in another product section scope, with the specific exclusion of compressors and compressor units intended for use in:

  • Household refrigerators
  • Farm and home freezers
  • Automotive air conditioners
  • Room air conditioners
  • Household Dehumidifiers
Flow and Contaminant Controls

The section is open to manufacturers of solenoid valves; 2-, 3-, 4-way reversing valves; thermostatic, electronic and automatic expansion valves of all capacities; temperature and pressure regulating valves, which function alone or in combination with other controls or sources, that are designed to automatically control refrigerant flow (liquids or gases) or the flow of fluids supporting the refrigeration cycle in refrigeration or air-conditioning systems.

All manually operated valves used to control the flow of refrigerant or flow of fluids supporting the refrigeration cycle.

Sealed filter-driers having solid core desiccant, loose-fill desiccant, or a combination of the two; replaceable core filter-driers for use in liquid or vapor refrigerant lines; sealed or replaceable element suction filters; cores or elements for shells; receiver driers; strainers; and liquid or moisture-liquid indicators.

These products alone or in combination are intended for use primarily in refrigeration or air conditioning systems to detect and/or remove system contaminants.

Excluded are devices used with:

  • Automotive and recreational vehicle air conditioning
  • Domestic refrigerators/freezers, and Individual room air conditioners not included in the scopes of AHRI air-conditioning product sections
  • Hydronic system flow control valves that are included with hydronics products

Variable Frequency Drives

All low voltages, 690 volts ac and below, adjustable frequency motor controllers used in HVACR applications shall be included. Specifically excluded brushless DC motor controllers and external control automation.


Products
Automatic Commercial Ice Makers

Automatic ice makers, ice storage bins, ice dispensers of all sizes, and all combination ice machines, including combination ice machines and beverage dispensers, sold for use in commercial applications.

Air Cooled and Evaporative Condensers

Air cooled and evaporative condensers primarily, but not exclusively, using ammonia-based refrigerants. For reference: Air-cooled refrigerant condensers, remote type, which consists of a condensing coil, a means for air circulation (including drive if furnished), frame and enclosure.

Evaporative condensers which consist of a condensing coil, spray system and pump (if furnished), a means for air circulation (including drive if furnished), frame and enclosure.

Chemicals & Refrigerant Reclaimers

Chemical compounds that have significant application in conjunction with the manufacture, operation, or service of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and containers and equipment used to transport, store, or process these chemicals.

Reclaim recovered refrigerants to the purity specifications outlined in the current version of AHRI Standard 700 (Specification for Fluorocarbon Refrigerants). The process can be used to reclaim customer-owned refrigerants or to reclaim used refrigerant that will subsequently be sold to third parties. Specifically excluded are refrigerants synthesized from virgin materials.

Commercial Unit Coolers; Condensing Units; Wine Cellar Cooling Units; Walk-in Coolers and Freezers; and Self-Contained/Remote Commercial Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets

Equipment designed and used in commercial refrigeration applications. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, both open and closed type storage and display refrigerators, freezers, refrigerators/freezers, walk-in refrigerators, walk-in freezers, commercial unit coolers, condensing units, air-cooled/evaporative condensers, remote condensers, blast coolers/freezers, and packaged refrigeration units. Specifically excluded are parts, components, or products included within the scope of other AHRI product sections, and equipment designed specifically for:

  • Medical, scientific, or research purposes
  • Telecommunications and switchgear
  • Direct expansion application using refrigerants classified as B2 and B3 in ASHRAE Standard 34
Industrial Unit Coolers

Unit Coolers primarily using ammonia-based refrigerants. For reference: A unit cooler is a factory-made assembly, including means for forced air circulation and elements by which heat is transferred from air to refrigerant without any element external to the cooler imposing air resistance. These may also be referred to as air coolers, cooling units, air units or evaporators.

Liquid to Refrigerants Heat Exchangers and Liquid Receivers
  • Shell-and-tube, shell-and-U-tube, tube-in-tube, and shell-and-coil condensers
  • Shell-and-tube, shell-and-U-tube, tube-in-tube, and shell-and-coil liquid coolers
  • Liquid suction heat exchangers
  • Liquid receivers
  • Plate-type heat exchangers
Transport Refrigeration

All types of mechanical refrigeration systems designed for installation in:

  • Railway freight cars.
  • Trucks and trailers.
  • U.S. Domestic (demountable truck body) containers over 64 square feet floor area.
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Members

The following member companies are participants in the Refrigeration Industry Sector.

Refrigeration Industry Sector Members

Aaon, Inc.
ABB, Inc.
A-Gas
AHT Cooling Systems USA, Inc.
Air Innovations
Ametek Dynamic Fluid Solutions
Amtrol, Inc.
Arkema, Inc.
Arneg USA
Aspen Refrigerants, Inc.
Bacharach, Inc.
Bally Refrigerated Boxes, Inc.
Baltimore Aircoil Company
Beckett Air Inc.
Beckett Thermal Solutions
Bitzer U.S. Inc.
Carrier Corporation
CellarPro Cooling Systems
Continental Refrigerator
Cornelius, Inc.
CrownTonka Walk-Ins
Daikin Applied Americas Inc.
Daikin Industries
Danfoss
Direct Coil Inc.
DunAn Precision Inc.
ebm-papst Inc.
Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions
EVAPCO, Incorporated
Fasco Industries, Inc.
Federal Industries
Guntner U.S. LLC
Hangzhou Shenshi Energy Conservation Technology Co., Ltd
Heat Transfer Products Group, LLC (HTPG)
Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration LLC
Hillphoenix
Honeywell Performance Materials & Technologies
Hoshizaki America, Inc.
Hudson Technologies Company
Hussmann Corporation
Indus Thermal LLC
INFICON, Inc.
Ingersoll Rand Company
ITV Ice Makers SA
Johnson Controls, Inc.
KeepRite Refrigeration
Kelvion Inc.
Killion Industries
Kold-Draft International LLC
Kysor Warren EPTA USA
Manchester Tank
Master-Bilt
Mexichem Fluor Inc.
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Modine Grenada LLC
Morrison Products, Inc.
Mueller Industries, Inc.
National Refrigerants, Inc.
National Refrigeration Products
Nidec Motor Corporation
Packless Industries, Inc.
Parker Hannifin Corporation
RAE Corporation
RapRec Support Inc
RefPlus, Inc.
Resideo
Revcor, Inc.
Ritchie Engineering Co., Inc.
Sanhua Zhejiang Co.
Schneider Electric
Scotsman Ice Systems
Shanghai Highly Electrical Appliances Co., LTD
Shrieve Chemical Products
Southern CaseArts
SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
Structural Concepts Corporation
SWEP International AB
Tecumseh Products Company
The Chemours Company FC, LLC
Thermal Solutions Products, LLC
Turbotec Products Inc.
Vinotemp International
Welbilt, Inc.
Westermeyer Industries Inc.
Whisperkool
Worthington Cylinders
Zero Zone, Inc.
Zhejiang Dunan Artificial Environment Co., Ltd.
ZIEHL-ABEGG, INC

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Standards
Air-Cooled and Evaporative Condensers
Automatic Commercial Ice Makers
Compressors
Condensing Units
  • AHRI 450-2007, Performance Rating of Water-cooled Refrigerant Condensers, Remote Type
  • ANSI/AHRI 520-2004, Performance Rating of Positive Displacement Condensing Units
Flow and Contaminant Control Products
Ice Storage Bins
Liquid to Refrigerant Heat Exchangers
Self-Contained/Remote Commercial Display Merchandisers and Storage Units
Transport Refrigeration
Unit Coolers
Walk-in Coolers/Freezers


Certification Programs
 

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