Ice Resurfacer Emission Testing

Why do we test?

Ice Resurfacer manufacturers are required to meet increasingly stringent pollution control standards as per the EPA and CARB. Ice Resurfacer that are not properly maintained or that have malfunctioning emission control systems often exceed these standards. Ice Resurfacer emissions testing is designed to identify such Ice Resurfacer in order to make necessary repairs to reduce emissions below the applicable pollution control standards. In our findings just over 19% of the Ice Resurfacer tested fail the initial Ice Resurfacer emissions inspection. Identifying and repairing these Ice Resurfacer has reduced the potential for indoor air quality emission issue in rinks all over the world. These repairs also improve the Ice Resurfacer overall performance and fuel economy.

The Ice Resurfacer emission testing program that we have implemented is proven to improve air quality by reducing carbon monoxides, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides in ice rinks in our territory. Emission testing improves air quality by ensuring emission controls are working properly.

Our inspectors check your Ice Resurfacer to ensure that all the emissions monitoring components are intact. Our (inferred - Please change to Infrared) emissions gas tester will measure your Ice Resurfacer for emissions of hydrocarbon (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). High emission levels of any of these pollutants indicate that the vehicle is not using fuel efficiently and, as a result, is contributing to poor indoor air quality. For Ice Resurfacer that are 2004 or newer, the On-Board Diagnostic system provides information about which emission control components are functioning properly.
Hydrocarbons are unburned gasoline, propane or natural gas particles that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, often referred to as smog. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas formed from partially burned fuel that can adversely affect mental function, visual focus, alertness, and can even cause death. Nitrogen oxides, when mixed with other compounds, can contribute to ground- level ozone, acid rain, water quality deterioration, and global warming.
Emissions from gasoline, propane or natural gas powered vehicles can lead to the formation of ground-level ozone, which can cause eye and throat irritations, respiratory distress, and damage breathing passages, making it difficult for the lungs to work.
Ozone is formed near the ground in a photochemical process:
1) Gasoline, paints and solvents evaporate, thereby releasing hydrocarbons.
2) Cars and factories burn fossil fuels, releasing nitrogen oxide and reactive hydrocarbons.
3) Heat and sunlight trigger a photochemical reaction between these emissions, transforming them into ground-level ozone.