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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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Robinair sponsors free Section 609 test prep webinar and test for 500 technicians this summer

June 7, 2021

Robinair sponsors free Section 609 test prep webinar and test for 500 technicians this summer
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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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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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Do you have the essential tools for success?

May 17, 2021

Using the correct tools to service and repair vehicles is so important that the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) creates standards for some service tools to meet. Requirements for their use by service professionals is included, as well. Some examples include refrigerant recovery and recycling machines, refrigerant identifiers and leak detectors.
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Pass the temperature probe

May 4, 2021

The first step is to run the A/C system for a few minutes to let it stabilize. Then both probes should be connected side by side at both points that will be temperature tested in the system. For example, if you were testing the temperature drop across the condenser, this would need to be done on both the discharge line and the liquid line.
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Are you using the right tools for mobile A/C repair?

April 30, 2021

Your shop’s R-134a recovery/recycling/recharge (R/R/R) machine is in well-maintained condition. You have an R-1234yf gauge manifold set and an R-1234yf machine is on order; should arrive shortly.
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Contact counts in temperature testing

April 27, 2021

Proper contact is vital when connecting to A/C lines using the contact type temperature thermometers. To determine if I am getting good contact, I always like to place both connectors side by side on the same line and observe the temperature readings.
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MACS Mobile A/C Update Webinar Now Available On Demand

April 22, 2021

Every year the Mobile Air Climate Systems Association creates a special mobile A/C update clinic to help working technicians keep up with the rapidly changing mobile A/C service and repair...
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Tips for taking your mobile A/C system’s temperature

April 20, 2021

The contact type units do indeed have a high degree of accuracy, but precautions must be taken when using them (especially connecting to lines) to ensure the accuracy. Otherwise, it is possible to get readings that are easily 5° to 10° off and that can lead to an incorrect diagnosis.
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