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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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Refrigerant reminders

March 1, 2022

It could be a challenging year keeping adequate supplies of R-134a on hand and it will be more expensive.
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The benefits of MAP-controlled thermostats

February 9, 2022

A customer driving a 2014 BMW 328i arrived at the college's 2nd-year electrical lab reporting his illuminated check engine light. The customer had no complaints other than the light. The vehicle had just over 82K miles showing on the odometer. A student (Phil) assigned to the BMW performed a review with a scan tool, and a single code (P0597 – Thermostat Heater Control Circuit Open) was present.
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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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MACS changes leadership

January 31, 2022

MACS is changing leadership. Elvis L. Hoffpauir, is stepping down at the end of January 2022 from his duties as MACS president and chief operating officer to enjoy retirement. Following a 42-year distinguished career at the Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS), Elvis will transition to past president and association advisor.
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Heater Insight

January 25, 2022

Recently, a customer brought in a 2006 Honda Insight with a heater that was blowing cold but had no other vehicle concerns. A local garage had informed the customer the head gasket had failed; however, the owner felt a second opinion was necessary.
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Air contamination in mobile A/C systems

January 18, 2022

We covered a base line test conducted with 0% air contamination and provided pressure and temperature information.  This week we will provide pressure and temperature information experienced with 7.7% air contamination and 18.9% air contamination. 
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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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Variable output scroll compressors

January 5, 2022

This compressor has been around for quite some time and the vehicles it is used on are getting some age on them.  However, they still show up in shops with regularity and there still seem to be a lot of technicians that are not aware of the problem, diagnostic procedure and cure. 
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