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A/C Refrigerant

Don’t overlook a diagnostic clue

September 13, 2022

When thinking about the topic of A/C diagnostic tools, a recovery, recycle, recharge machine (R/R/R machine) is not one of the first tools that comes to mind.  It may not come to mind at all in the world of inexperienced technicians. 
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Unlocking the compressor Lock up, PT. 2

August 30, 2022

I was driving the van home in the afternoon. It was about 45° F outside and the heater was on. It had been an uneventful 15 to 20 minutes’ drive at about 55 to 60 mph. Slowing down to make a 90 degree turn on to a different road, a faint grinding noise was heard. I rolled the window down and drove along at about 5 MPH and could hear the noise more distinctly. The next step was to pull over into a parking lot and leave the engine running and raise the hood.
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Do you know about the B1479 trouble code?

August 3, 2022

If you work on Toyota, Lexus and Scion A/C systems, chances are that you have encountered a B1479 diagnostic trouble code on a system that will not operate. 
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It isn’t blowing cold enough

June 29, 2022

"It isn't blowing cold enough.” Most any auto repair shop that does A/C work will often hear customers say this phrase. It can be the result of any number of things that can be wrong with an A/C system.  Often it is a case of common things such as, a low refrigerant charge, a refrigerant overcharge, contaminated refrigerant,  a blend door issue, a cooling fan problem, or maybe a weak compressor.
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The importance of A/C system oil balancing

June 21, 2022

Sometimes we encounter information where directions instruct us to drain the compressor being removed from a system and measure the amount of oil that drains out. Then the next step is to subtract this number from the number of ounces that are supposed to be in the shipped replacement compressor.
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Refrigerant Oil capacity

June 15, 2022

When an air conditioning system is first assembled, all components (except the compressor) are refrigerant oil free. After the system has been charged with (R-134a) refrigerant and operated, the oil in the compressor is dispersed through the lines and components. The evaporator, condenser, and receiver/ drier will retain a significant amount of oil. Refer to the A/C Component Refrigerant Oil Capacities table.
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A look at the new standard in mobile air-conditioning chemistry

June 6, 2022

Since Packard offered the first automobiles with factory air-conditioning in 1939, mobile cooling has been driven by R-12 and R-134a (both refrigerants in the Freon™ product family), followed by what is quickly becoming today’s standard, R-1234yf.
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Robinair and MACS to certify 500 technicians

May 19, 2022

MACS member Robinair is partnering with the Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS) to provide free Section 609 test prep webinars for training and certification for technicians this summer on June 16, July 13, August 17, and September 14.
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A new refrigerant for Trucks?

May 4, 2022

EPA has listed HFO-1234yf under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program for Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning in Non-road Vehicles and Servicing Fittings for Small Refrigerant Cans
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The desiccant myth

April 12, 2022

There is a myth that exists involving A/C service work and driers that seems to come up from time to time.  I have encountered it when handling tech calls and have seen it come up in A/C forums. Read more to find out what it is.
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