Mobile Air Conditioning service is always evolving. One of the latest advances is the use of R-1234yf refrigerant to cool a vehicles cabin. Prior to the introduction of R-1234yf, mechanics were servicing vehicles equipped with R-12 or R-134a. But with the high ozone depletion potential (ODP) nature of R-12 and the high global warming potential (GWP) of R-134a came an industry demand for something more environmentally sustainable.

With tens of millions of vehicles equipped with R-1234yf falling out of warranty each year, it is imperative for technicians to have the tools required to service these vehicles.

New Regulations Require New Tools:

With the adoption of this new refrigerant comes new regulations and required tools. One of the newest tools in a mechanics kit will be the use of a refrigerant identifier. Prior to recovering refrigerant for A/C service a mechanic will need to complete a refrigerant analysis to confirm refrigerant quality.

The Importance of Refrigerant Identification

In a perfect world the vehicle manufacturer’s installed refrigerant would be the only refrigerant you would expect to find under the hood.  However, refrigerant contamination can occur at any point after the vehicle leaves the production line and can lead to:

  • Cooling loss
  • Seal swelling
  • A/C System degradation
  • Mechanic or vehicle operator risk

Be Safe.  Be Certain.

Whether the refrigerant is incorrect, or mixed, the only way to be certain of what refrigerant is in that system is to test the gas. Refrigerant identifiers are the only sure way to confirm quality before completing automotive A/C service. Refrigerant identifiers protect the mechanic, your equipment, and ensure the service is done right. Refrigerant tampering in new vehicles utilizing R-1234yf is considered emissions tampering, and analyzing the refrigerant in the vehicle confirms emission standards are met, and A/C systems are serviced correctly.

Legend Series Refrigerant Analyzer for Mobile A/C Maintenance

Legend Series

There are endless problems any mechanic may face when servicing a vehicle.  Using our Legendary refrigerant analyzers assures the refrigerant is not one of them.