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  • June 7, 2017

Keep cool and drive on with air conditioning

Keep cool and drive on with air conditioning

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There are new changes coming your way in regards of air conditioning. It may not seem that interesting for most people, but this change requires our center to acquire a new tool. We are talking about A/C refrigerant moving from R-134a to R-1234yf. This means the vehicle manufacturers are starting to use a more efficient and environmentally friendly gas to keep your A/C working.

At CSN – Champlain Auto Body, we have everything we need to repair vehicles that are now equipped with the new R-1234yf gas, as well as the conventional R-134a.

When the front end of a vehicle is damaged, we need to verify if the air conditioning system got damaged too. If there are any obvious damages, we will probably need to evacuate and recharge the A/C system.

This new machine allows us to leak test the system with pressurized vacuum flow. The pressure is gauged and the machine will determine if there’s a leak based on a loss of pressure.

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ac leak test dyeFinally, a small amount of dye will be added to the R-1234yf air conditioning system to help identify future leaks. The dye can only be seen by a bright white/green glow, when looking through yellow lenses and UV lights.

At this moment, only a small percentage of vehicles use R-1234yf gas. However new EPA (USA) regulations mandate that all domestic vehicles are to use R-1234yf gas by 2021.