In this paper the viscosity and thermal conductivity of both the liquid and vapour for the refrigerants R152a and R142b have been estimated and presented. Available properties of liquid thermal conductivity of R142b and R152a and the liquid viscosity of R152a are compared with the estimated values. It is found that the agreement is good. Transport properties of R142b, which is a potential replacement for R114 in medium temperature heat pump applications, is compared with that of R114. Also, the properties of R152a, which is considered as a possible replacement of R12 in refrigeration and low‐temperature heat pump applications, is compared with the properties of the other possible replacement of R134a. Copyright © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.