Yellow Jacket R100 Manual

Yellow Jacket R100 Manual

R100 Oil-Less Refrigerant

Recovery Unit

Operation Manual



Welcome to simple, efficient refrigerant recovery with your new YELLOW JACKET® Refrigerant Recovery Unit, R100. This unit combines the latest oil-less compressor technology with YELLOW JACKET®’s tradition as a manufacturer of quality refrigerant recovery products.

The R100 can recover refrigerant in three different modes:

Liquid Recovery - Direct recovery of liquid refrigerant through the recovery

unit. (Suction Valve in the “Liquid Recovery” position.)

Vapor Recovery - Direct recovery of vapor refrigerant through the recovery unit. (Suction Valve in the “Vapor Recovery” position.)

Push-Pull Liquid Recovery - Indirect recovery of liquid by “pushing” the liquid with high pressure refrigerant vapor. Used when large amounts of liquid refrigerant need to be recovered.



R-12, R-22, R-134a, R-404A, R-409, R-500, R-502 Hp/MP Blends


1 HP Reciprocating Oil-less 2-cylinder

Power Source:

110 VAC 60Hz

(230 VAC 50Hz)


Run Load Amps:



( 3.7 )


Full Load Amps:



( 5.6 )


Locked Rotor Amps:


(18.0 )



13 in






14.75 in





13.25 in





48 lb.











General Safety Instructions


Overview of System Operation


Cautions & Warnings


Push-Pull Liquid Recovery


Direct (Vapor) Recovery


Component Location


Troubleshooting Information


Repair Parts List




Know Your Equipment. Read and understand the operation manual and labels affixed to the unit. Learn its applications and limitations, as well as the specific potential hazards of your equipment.


Use the Correct Hoses. All hoses used for refrigerant handling should be designated for use with the refrigerant to be handled. Also use hoses of minimal length with a shut-off device within 12 inches of the end of the hose to reduce the likelihood of refrigerant leaks to the atmosphere.

Ground All Equipment. This unit is equipped with an approved 3-prong grounding-type plug. Never remove the round ground prong from the plug. Only plug into a properly grounded receptacle.

Do not pressure test with compressed air. Some mixtures of air and refrigerant have been shown to be combustible at elevated pressures.

Use the Proper Extension Cords. TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE, avoid use of an extension cord with this unit. The cord may overheat. If you must use an extension cord, use the following guide for choosing the proper extension cord:


Maximum Length

18 Ga.

10 feet

16 Ga.

25 feet

14 Ga.

50 feet

12 Ga.

100 feet

Avoid Dangerous Environments.

Do not use this unit in damp locations or expose it to rain.

This equipment should be used in a location with mechanical ventilation that provides at least 4 air changes per hour. If this is not possible, it should be located at least 18 inches above the floor.

This equipment should not be used near open containers or spills of


Disconnect Unit from Power Supply Before Servicing. An electrical shock hazard is present when the unit is disassembled.

Repair Damaged Parts. Do not operate the unit with a defective part. Repair unit to proper operating conditions.

Use Recommended Accessories. Follow the instructions that accompany all accessories. Improper use of accessories may damage equipment or create a hazard.

Use Caution When Connecting or Disconnecting. Improper usage may result in refrigerant burns (frostbite). If a major refrigerant leak occurs, proceed immediately to a well ventilated area.

Only Use the R100 with the Correct Refrigerants. See the specifications for a list of compatible refrigerants.

Operate the Unit within the Design Environment. The R100 was designed to operate in a temperature range from 40°F to 120°F. The unit should also not be operated in a wet location.

WARNING! Refrigerant, in liquid and vapor form, is a potentially hazardous material. Please consult the refrigerant manufacturer’s Material Safety Data Sheet for addition information and adhere to the following safety guidelines:

Avoid breathing high concentrations of vapors.

Use with sufficient ventilation to keep operator exposure below recommended limits, especially in enclosed and low lying areas.

Avoid contact of liquid refrigerant with the eyes and prolonged skin exposure.

Wear goggles and protective gloves.

Do not attempt to operate this unit above 120°F ambient temperature.

Do not allow refrigerants to contact open flame. Refrigerant decomposition in a flame results in phosgene gas. Breathing phosgene gas can be



FIRST AID: If high concentrations of refrigerant are inhaled, immediately remove the victim to fresh air. Call a physician or emergency medical technician. Keep calm. If the victim is not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Do not give epinephrine or similar drugs.

EYE: In case of liquid contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water.

Call a physician.

SKIN: Flush with water. Treat for frostbite, if necessary, by gently warming the effected area.

CAUTION! All refrigerant hoses, recovery tanks, refrigerant lines, the R100, and other vessels containing refrigerants should be handled as if under high pressure.


The 1 HP R100 offers significant flexibility to meet your refrigerant handling needs in a compact rugged, powder-coated case.

Careful handling of refrigerant is an important part of servicing air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Specific regulations apply to refrigerant handling. Familiarize yourself with these regulations.

Because the refrigerant is combined in a large tank, every technician must be sure which refrigerant is in each tank. Your company procedures should help you determine this. Mixing refrigerants can contaminate a large volume of refrigerant.

Use care when recovering refrigerant into

a portable tank. As stated in the warnings, overfilling a tank can be extremely dangerous. This unit is equipped with a tank overfill sensor cord. When connected properly to a recovery tank with a 80% float, this device will shut off the unit when the tank float activates (open contacts).

The R100 is designed for direct recovery of liquid or vapor refrigerant. It can also be used for the traditional push-pull, high volume recovery of liquid refrigerant.

Recovery of liquid refrigerant in Vapor Mode can damage the recovery unit compressor. If you are not sure if liquid refrigerant is present, use the Liquid Mode.


This unit should be operated by certified personnel per 40 CFR part 82 subpart F or current equivalent. Before operating this unit, please read this manual thoroughly. You must understand the procedures outlined in this manual. Failure to follow these procedures could void all warranties.

Before handling refrigerants, read the material safety data sheet (MSDS) from the refrigerant manufacturer.



Inhalation of high concentration of refrigerant vapors is harmful and may cause heart irregularities, unconsciousness, or death. Deliberate inhalation of refrigerants is extremely dangerous. Death can occur without warning. Vapors reduce oxygen available for breathing and are heavier than air. Decomposition products are hazardous. Liquid contact can cause frostbite. All refrigerant containers, equipment, and hoses contain high pressure.

Contact with refrigerant can cause frostbite.

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