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The concept of superheat

October 19, 2021

We illustrated the concept of superheat in last week's article by boiling water and superheating steam in a moonshine still. This week we will apply this concept to refrigerant in an air conditioning system.  The still has been replaced with an evaporator. 
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Understanding and troubleshooting data lines on heavy-duty trucks

September 23, 2021

Understanding and Troubleshooting data lines on heavy-duty trucks will be presented byLarry Turay of LETCO Enterprises. In Larry’s Saturday morning class, attendees will learn how components and subsystem inputs and outputs can influence HVAC operations. 
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A burned clutch is a symptom of another problem

September 14, 2021

Not much thought is given to compressor clutches until they fail, but they are extremely durable.  I have personally owned three vehicles that had between 200, 000 and 240,000 miles on them.  They all still had the original compressors and clutches, and they were still functioning perfectly.
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Back to school bus A/C

September 1, 2021

Since it’s September (and another school year is upon us), we’re going to look at what’s so different about school bus A/C as compared to the more common automotive-type systems.
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Field study: Incorrectly installed condensers

August 10, 2021

I have handled numerous tech calls involving older GM trucks with incorrectly installed condensers.  In preparation for this series of MACS blogs, I discovered a salvage truck with one of these condenser repairs.  This gave me the opportunity to duplicate the incorrect installation and look for pitfalls and solutions.
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Finding right side up

August 3, 2021

Most condensers have different fittings on the inlet and outlet.  The locations of the inlet and outlet on most condensers will not allow lines to be connected incorrectly, even if the fittings do happen to be the same size.  Lastly, the designs of the mounts on most condensers prevent a unit from being installed upside down.  However, none of these characteristics apply to the condenser the technician had installed. 
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Electrification and climate control technologies: Are we prepared?

June 3, 2021

A recent survey from CarGurus suggests consumer interest in purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) has doubled in the past three years.
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FutureTech Auto Presents Virtual Automotive Software & Electronics Fundamentals Boot Camp with Sponsorship by Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS)

May 19, 2021

After launching the virtual edition of the ASE award-winning Automotive Software & Electronics Fundamentals Boot Camp in May, FutureTech has partnered with MACS to present an accelerated course track in Fall 2021.
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What is your temperature testing data telling you?

May 18, 2021

If air conditioning systems were transparent where we could see inside them, then diagnostics would be faster and easier. We could look at the systems and see things right away that affect system operation, like restrictions and liquid levels in evaporators and condensers.
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Temperature Matters

May 11, 2021

In addition to having good contact with connectors and getting accurate readings, there are some other important things to remember when doing temperature testing.
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