Beginning in the mid-2010s, automotive and light-duty vehicle air conditioning systems began transitioning from R-134a to R-1234yf refrigerant. By MY 2021, the transition was complete. While yf, as we call it in the industry, is more environmentally friendly than prior refrigerants, it has historically been exponentially more expensive than its predecessors. This cost differential has
As mentioned in an earlier article, beginning January 1st, 2022, the United States will implement the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act to cap and phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the United States. This legislation will phase down the U.S. production and consumption of HFCs by 85% over the next
On December 27, 2020, the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 was enacted as an unrelated postscript to the Stimulus & Relief bill for COVID. The AIM Act directed the EPA to address and reduce the use of HFCs (such as R-134a) in an effort to drastically cut climate-damaging greenhouse gases and finally
Many techs have not yet had much experience with R-1234yf refrigerant. That’s because it was only introduced in 2015, and most vehicles with yf systems have not yet needed servicing . In the coming years, however, you will expect to see a steady increase in the number of yf systems coming in for service, and
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