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Refrigerant Recovery

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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Improving A/C cool down time

July 19, 2022

If there is an issue with an A/C system, then obviously that needs to be fixed and that will aid in cool down time.  However, if a system is working properly and a customer is complaining, then the focus needs to shift toward educating the customer on steps they can take to improve cool down time.
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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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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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Refrigerant supply, pricing and safety

March 8, 2022

What I'm hearing about refrigerant supply and pricing this year reminds me of a similar period in the mid-2000s. It was springtime, just before the start of A/C season.  Supplies of R-134a were tight and the price had come close to tripling from the prior year.
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Sometimes it is user error

February 8, 2022

I encountered a situation in the early days of recovery/recycling machines when they had just been introduced.  I had set up a machine about four months earlier when the customer purchased it.  I went to great lengths to cover proper operation of the unit and the shop owner even attended a certification clinic I conducted. 
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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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The effects of air contamination in an A/C system

January 11, 2022

If you perform an Internet search for effects of air contaminated refrigerant on automotive A/C system pressures, you’ll find many results.  This information leaves no doubt that air contamination of refrigerant in an automotive A/C system can affect system pressures and temperatures
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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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