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Leak Detection

Air contamination in an A/C system can ruin your day

February 2, 2022

I had a memorable encounter with air contamination in the mid 1990s.  I was conducting a lot of retrofit clinics at the time and had recently acquired a demo refrigerant identifier which I took to those clinics. At one clinic, there was a technician who was extremely interested in the refrigerant identifier.  
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Mysterious servicing issue in R-1234yf systems

August 11, 2021

Recently a 2017 R-1234yf Honda system, with 72,099 miles, encountering a loss of cooling (slow leak) over time would not pass the equipment charge procedure and the production amount could not be charged. 
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Low refrigerant charge and the search for real data part 4

July 13, 2021

When we examined the pressure readings and vent temperature readings last week, there was nothing showing up that indicated any charge issues (even operating with the 25% undercharge).
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Low refrigerant charge and the search for real data

June 22, 2021

I had read about how low refrigerant charges could increase compressor operating temperatures and decrease the amount of oil flowing to compressors, but I had never been able to find results from any tests. After discussing this with MACS, we decided to do some testing to get some real data.
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Temperature testing detective work: The search for a diagnosis

May 25, 2021

Last week we closed our blog post with a discussion about an orifice tube system which had an evaporator outlet temperature that was about 20° warmer than the inlet. We mentioned that this could be an indication of a restricted orifice tube or a refrigerant undercharge. In applying this to diagnostics, it is important not only to understand what this represents, but also why.
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Marks Air celebrates 50 years of mobile air success

March 16, 2021

MACS member Marks Air Inc. celebrates 50 years of being in business.
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Tank full of air!

March 15, 2021

The problem is usually caused by excessive air in a system, and since too few shops use a refrigerant identifier, they don’t know when these problems come up, nor how often they are solving problems by doing this.
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Caveman to Mr. Cool

February 18, 2021

Over 300,000 years ago, modern man began walking the earth relying heavily on his five senses-- especially sight – to hunt, find joy, and avoid danger. In 1914, Garrett Morgan, who decided it was important to protect man’s eyes during hazardous situations, developed what we know today as ‘safety’ glasses.
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Leaks under vacuum

July 9, 2018

By Steve Schaeber A s OEMs continue improving their systems, technicians are seeing leaks more often attributed to the valve core located down inside the service port fitting, either on...
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