Ted Atwood

Ted Atwood
Ted is the President & CEO of Trakref, a cloud-based HVAC/R and refrigerant management software company that provides unprecedented solutions for commercial properties. He has spent more than 20 years in the HVAC/R industry, even owning and operating one of the nation’s largest refrigerant reclaim and recycling companies.
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World Refrigeration Day: A look at the numbers in the USA

June 26, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, refrigerants, private governance, Regulation, recycling, World Refrigeration Day, emissions


Today is the first Annual World Refrigeration Day! All around the world, companies, agencies and associations responsible for providing equipment, services, support, R&D, regulations, protocols, policies, safety and health will share their knowledge. The core purpose is bringing recognition to the importance of refrigeration (and HVAC/R), its impact on the world, and plans for the future. 

Our favorite topic is refrigerant and refrigerant management. Each week we talk about leaks, impact, controls, best practices and evolving regulations. So we’re taking today to share some of the statistics that drive us, and our overriding goal of controlling emissions and leaks by building tools, processes and protocols.

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HVAC/R 101: Where Does My Refrigerant Go?

June 13, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in HVAC/R, Refrigerant Compliance, Refrigerant Management, refrigerants


We enjoy exploring the complexities of HVAC, refrigerant management, legislation, and climate action, but on occasion more basic questions cross our desk. So here is a bit of HVAC/R 101.

Did you know that when a technician takes refrigerant from your site to be disposed of, it’s your responsibility both in terms of compliance and stewardship to know where it’s going? Last month we discussed refrigerant recycling vs destruction of ozone depleting CFCs with the conclusion that between the two, destruction is the better option from both an economic and environmentally-sound standpoint.

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Colors, Carbon & Class (Part 1 of 3)

May 31, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in Industry Insights, Product Updates, compliance, performance, refrigerants, HFCs


A Refrigerant Reference Guide

Refrigerants Then

Refrigerants come in all shapes and sizes. Thirty years ago, there were 2 types of refrigerants: low pressure and high pressure. For high pressure there were 3 flavors: R-12 (medium temp refrigeration), R-502 (low temp refrigeration) and R-22 (everything else).

These refrigerants seemed easy, they were cheap, and every supply house had all 3 flavors.  In the back of every service truck there were 3 bottles of refrigerant (green, purple & white) along with a vacuum pump, acetylene torch, tools and something to help move heavy compressors around.  Most service events were referred to as “Gas & Go” and involved very little or no leak checking. But then it became apparent that this less than scientific method to fixing things needed to change - because there was a hole in the ozone.

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10 Invoicing Mistakes Keeping You From Getting Paid

May 2, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in Facilities Management, HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, Industry Insights, Refrigerant Management, compliance, refrigerants, Regulation, invoicing, best practices, customer service


in·voice /'in vois/

1. a list of goods sent or services provided, with a statement of the sum due for these; a bill.
Synonyms: bill, account, statement, statement of charges, itemization, reckoning, tally;

And likely putting your clients in compliance jeopardy...

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5 Things HVAC/R teams need to know.

January 4, 2019 / by Ted Atwood posted in Announcements, HVAC/R, Compliance Reporting, HVAC/R Software, Refrigerant Management


2018 was the year we all started to see HVAC/R (refrigerant) regulations come into focus, with changes at the federal and state level impacting both maintenance requirements and record keeping.

What did not change in 2018 was the employment situation, there are simply not enough new people coming into the HVAC/R trades to support the work on the units and to handle the documentation and record keeping.

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