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(312) 291 9169

We are an EPA certified, nationwide collection program


How it Works

1. Get a Quote

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Call our office or fill out the web form below to reach a customer service representative. Please have an estimate of how much refrigerant you have, and be ready to provide us with your zip code and phone number.

2. Select a Purchase Method


*Due to COVID-19, we are performing limited local pickups on a case-by-case basis.

We will make arrangements to meet you at a convenient location such as your home, work, or a public place to purchase your refrigerant. We’ll call a week prior to being in your area to set up pickup details. This program has a 10-pound minimum.

We will send you a prepaid, labeled box, and you send us your refrigerant! Upon verifying the weights and refrigerant type, we will send you payment. The minimum amount for the mail in program is 5 pounds or 6 cans.

3. Select a Payment Method

drop off refrigerant

*Due to COVID-19, we are performing limited cash transactions on a case-by-case basis.

Available for local pickup and drop off.

Available for mail-in program.  Please allow 7-14 days for your check to arrive.

PayPal – available for mail-in program.

Google Pay– available for all collection options.

What we Buy

Refrigerant Finders buys R-12, R-500, R-113 and R-114 refrigerant. Whether it’s a case of cans, an original 30 pound cylinder, or a 145 pound reclaim tank, we’ll buy it. The more you have, the better! Take a look below to learn about the refrigerants we buy and cylinder tare weights.


  • Full name: Refrigerant 12
  • Technical name: UN 1028, Dichlorodifluoromethane
  • Cylinder Color: White/ tan
  • Available quantities: cans, 30 lb cylinders, 50 lb cylinders, 145 lb cylinders


  • Full name: Refrigerant 500
  • Technical name: UN 2062, Dichlorodifluoromethane and Difluoroethane
  • Cylinder Color: Yellow
  • Available quantities: 30 lb cylinders, 50 lb cylinders, 145 lb cylinders


  • Full name: Trichlorotrifluoroethane
  • Technical name: Trichlorotrifluoroethane
  • Cylinder Color: Purple
  • Available quantities: Barrels


  • Full name: Refrigerant 11
  • Technical name: UN 3082, Trichlorofluoromethane
  • Cylinder Color: Orange
  • Available quantities: 30 lb cylinder, barrels
  • *NOTE* Refrigerant Finders will not buy R-11 in cylinders marked as “solvent”


  • Full name: Refrigerant 114
  • Technical name: UN 1958, Dichlorotetrafluoroethane
  • Cylinder Color: Navy Blue
  • Available quantities: cans, 30 lb cylinders, 50 lb cylinders, 145 lb cylinders

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers!

Yes, you can still sell R-12 and other CFC refrigerants. Although these refrigerants can no longer be manufactured, it is perfectly legal to sell to an EPA certified buyer.

You can find more information here.

Yes, all of our employees are 609 certified technicians. We are happy to provide a hard copy or send an electronic copy of our certificates.

Yes. We accept reclaim material above 10 pounds. We travel with a portable refrigerant analyzer and test for purity before purchase.

Remember to subtract the tare weight when weighing your material. For reclaim tare weights, please see our  What We Buy page.

Common brands include: Dupont, Genetron, Forane, National, Chargette, Sercon, Interdynamics, LaRoche, Cold Shot, and Isotron.

Many retired auto mechanics, car enthusiasts, farmers, and HVAC-R professionals still have R-12 and other CFC refrigerant collecting dust in their garages and basements! Sound like you? Check your inventory and contact us.

It is easy to identify refrigerant in its original cylinder by looking at key characteristics such as chemical name, brand, and container color.

For more details, please refer to our What We Buy page.

You can weigh your cylinder using a bathroom scale or a professional refrigerant scale. Don’t forget to subtract the tare weight of the cylinder. Read more about tare weights here.

Go to our “How It Works” page for a handy guide to all of our collection options.

We offer various payment options based on purchasing method. For the local pick up program, we pay in cash or check. For the mail-in program and drop-site program, we pay by check, PayPal, Western Union or Venmo.

No. We require a minimum of 10 pounds net weight of refrigerant to qualify for a local pickup. If you do not have 10 pounds of material, there is still an opportunity for you to sell your refrigerant to us via our mail-in or drop-site programs. For details, check out our How It Works page.

We do not buy R-12 replacement refrigerants. Be sure to check that your material is not replacement material. Common replacement brands include Freeze 12, Hotshot, and FR-12.

No. We do not buy foreign refrigerants. In fact, our clients complete a refrigerant purchasing agreement to attest that they did not source the material from another country, the U.S. government, or a Native American tribe.