Ask the Expert: Should my shop purchase a new machine to handle the new R-1234yf refrigerant?

May 2, 2018
Older A/C machines that worked with R-134a will not be able to service the new R-1234yf refrigerant.

The simple is answer is “yes.” Older A/C machines that worked with R-134a will not be able to service the new R-1234yf refrigerant. So, shops will need a separate machine for servicing R-1234yf equipped vehicles. There’s no doubt that purchasing one of the new machines is a serious capital investment. Our work with service providers in the field has shown that the payoff is quick for getting a return on your investment, and A/C service is still one of the most valuable services aftermarket shops can provide.

Equipment manufactured by Mahle Service Solutions offer a range of choices in A/C service equipment. All our models offer superior productivity, outstanding system performance and functionality. We have machines to service vehicles that utilize either R-134a or R-1234yf refrigerants. They are designed with fully automatic functions to recover, vacuum, leak test and charge without command for ease of operations.

Information provided by: Mahle Service Solutions

About the Author

Eric Shultz | Engineering Manager, MAHLE Service Solutions

Eric Shultz serves as the engineering manager for MAHLE Service Solutions and is based at the company’s location in York, Pennsylvania.

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