AL & A2L Compressor Introductions

Tecumseh Introduces Series “AL” Compressor and a Group of A2L-Optimized Compressors

October 10, 2020

New Series AL Compressor platform from Tecumseh delivers high efficiency in smaller housings for R-290-based refrigerated food retail and service equipment. Also introduced are new models optimized for A2L-refrigerants which extend existing compressor portfolio such as Series AE and AJ.

(ANN ARBOR, USA) Tecumseh Products Company LLC, a global leader and innovator of commercial refrigeration technologies, announced it is introducing a Series “AL” compressor platform with high efficiency optimized for R-290 refrigerants, and also expanding several existing platforms with new models that are specifically optimized for A2L refrigerants. Tecumseh will unveil these compressors at upcoming virtual tradeshows Chillventa eSpecial on October 13-15th and ATMO America on October 20-22. As an official sponsor of these events, Tecumseh will showcase these new compressor platforms through live webinar presentations along with their recently introduced VTC-High Capacity, the latest variable-speed offering with extended cooling capacity.

Series “AL” Compressor Platform for R-290

The new Series AL Compressor platform is up to 15% better in performance and energy efficiency packed in a very compact body. In a quiet and small housing that is estimated to be roughly 5% shorter in height compared to competitive products, Series AL models provide up to 20cc displacements and are designed specifically for L/MBP applications in light commercial refrigeration. The expanded L/MBP operating range allows standardized use across display cases, reach-in coolers and ice machines applications.

Doug Murdock, the CEO of Tecumseh, said “In Tecumseh’s history, we have produced a number of legendary compressors such as Series AE and AJ. We are excited to introduce another game-changing platform that we believe will set the industry standard for the refrigeration community.”

Series AL, optimized for R-290 (propane) refrigerants, has capacities ranging from 1,240 to 1,800 Btu/h (0.36kW to 0.52kW) at LBP and from 3,730 to 4,990 Btu/h (1 to 1.5kW) at MBP both in EN12900 conditions.  It delivers the same capacity as a larger displacement, single-speed compressor, making more room for merchandise in refrigeration units.

Expanding Portfolio with Low-GWP A2L Refrigerants

In addition to the new Series AL platform, Tecumseh is one of the first manufacturers in the refrigeration industry to introduce new compressor models optimized for low-GWP A2L refrigerants such as R-455A, R-454C and R-1234yf. The platforms with those new A2L-ready models are Series AE2, AJ2, FH2 and AG compressors. Earlier this year, Tecumseh Europe released its Silensys Advanced Condensing Unit equipped with some of the A2L-optimized compressors for the European market. The new A2L-ready compressors can be used in indoor or outdoor condensing units ranging from 1 to 20 kW, making it the perfect solution for cold rooms, display cases, refrigerated cabinets and beverage dispensers in food retails and services.

“It is no secret that Tecumseh has a comprehensive range of compressors in commercial refrigeration,”, said Ernani Nunes, Sr VP of Global Sales and Engineering at Tecumseh. “We have now further expanded our portfolio to provide highly efficient alternatives that satisfy the European F-gas regulations.” Compressors optimized with A2L refrigerants give customers great alternatives to mid-sized system requirements that are too small for a typical CO2-based system and too large for a R290-based system. Using Tecumseh’s A2L offerings, design engineers at refrigeration OEM companies now have more suited choices to approach the refrigerant transitions without compromising system efficiency while meeting low-GWP requirements.

Availability of sample compressors for both Series AL and newly expanded A2L-ready compressor portfolio varies greatly by region. Contact your local Tecumseh sales representatives for sample requests and product inquiries.

About Tecumseh Products Company LLC

Founded in 1934, Tecumseh Products Company LLC is a leading global manufacturer of hermetic reciprocating, rotary and scroll compressors ranging in capacity from 1/15th to 30 horsepower, as well as offering a complete line of condensing units and systems for use in residential and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning applications. Tecumseh products are manufactured on four continents and sold globally through a network of sales professionals, authorized wholesalers and licensed distributors offering brand names that include: AE®, AE2®, AW®, Celseon®, L’Unite Hermetique®, Masterflux®, Silensys®, and Wintsys®. Tecumseh Products Company LLC is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.