The next time you buy some refrigerant, be sure to check the expiration date on the can or cylinder. What? You can’t find one? That’s because refrigerant simply does not go bad or expire. As long as the cylinder or can is fully sealed (no leaks) and the valve is not open or broken, refrigerant
At FJC dedication to quality and safety are paramount. In fact, only the best will do for our customers! It is for this reason all our refrigerants and refrigerant products are packaged in cans which utilize the most innovative quality- and safety technology—Sexton cans! ITW Sexton is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of two-piece
Over the past thirty years environmental regulations have wholly directed the refrigerant industry. Regulations have controlled the use of refrigerants since they have tended to be substances which either depleted the ozone layer or contributed to global warming. Included in this oversight has been the phase-out of specific refrigerant classes and the phase-in of their
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
Everyone appreciates that regulations stemming from environmental concerns has been steering the direction of automotive A/C refrigerants for the past twenty-five years or so. In the 1990s we moved away from R-12, a CFC, in favor of R-134a, an HFC, to help mend the damage the former was doing to the Ozone Layer. Later, in
So, you’ve determined your vehicle’s A/C needs a charge…..but the choices on the shelf seem confusing. Do you need a leak stop? Red or UV dye? A performance booster? Let our Interactive Refrigerant Finder help you determine the correct product for you. If the hyperlinks are active on your device, click through at the end
So your AC is blowing warm, and you know you need a refrigerant charge, but how much should you buy? And considering that both too much and too little refrigerant will make the system not work properly, how much should you add to your system? That’s a loaded question. Most cars hold between 28 and
Although the year is still relatively new, in terms of A/C systems needing aftermarket service, 2021 already represents a big change in the industry. Since R-134a was introduced in the mid-1990s, most of the needs in the automotive A/C industry revolved around servicing R-134a systems. Even though the industry has slowly transitioned to R-1234yf between
The quality of Weitron/FJC’s Made in USA refrigerants is unmatched. We perform in-house testing for purity, moisture, acidity and non-condensable gases, providing consistently exceptional results for our refrigerants . You can be confident our refrigerants meet or exceed AHRI 700 specifications. In fact, we guarantee it. The following tests are conducted on our refrigerants, and
When a mobile A/C system needs to be repaired, the first step taken is usually to recover the refrigerant from the system for reuse later. An A/C vacuum pump is used to remove unwanted air and water vapor when it is under service. Moisture and air in the system can potentially damage the system. Air
It’s been 27 years since Lynn Parnell established FJC (short for Fruit Jar Chemist), creating A/C flushes in his NC garage. We’ve come a long way since then—we’ve expanded our product line, our staff, and our footprint— now filling two warehouses and offering streamlined logistics capacity to serve all of North America. We’ve also become
Quite simply, yes! FJC has been providing quality air conditioning products, tools, equipment and refrigerants for over 25 years, and while we love to help DYIers save money, we would be negligent in our duty if we didn’t advise that there are certainly times an A/C tech is a preferred option. In most cases we
Component/Design Differences One of the compelling reasons R-1234yf was overwhelmingly chosen to replace R-134a in automotive air conditioning systems is because there are not really many differences between the way the systems are designed and work. There are a couple minor component changes in the Thermal Expansion Valves (replace orifice tubes or expansion valves) and
Short answer: No. Long answer: There is a reason FJC has never sold propane, ammonia, butane, or blends of them to use as refrigerants—because they are not safe. Propane , Butane, and Ammonia are highly flammable hydrocarbons. Here are several reasons to NEVER use highly flammable refrigerants in your vehicle: They’re illegal under the EPA’s
A question we hear often is, “How do I know how much refrigerant to add to my car’s A/C?” Stated simply, it depends. (1) It depends on the car. Most cars will hold between 28 and 32 ounces of refrigerant (or about 2-3 12oz cans), however larger vehicles and those with rear A/C will likely
Expansion Valves: The expansion valve is a complex valve which regulates refrigerant flow at the evaporator inlet with an internal moving rod mechanism. This rod opens and closes to differing heights based upon the cooling burden put upon the system. This process of metering modulates the flow according to the temperature of the refrigerant in
FJC offers a complete line of refrigerants for automotive applications. In sizes ranging from 3 oz to 22 oz, the FJC Signature Series offers premium R-134a refrigerant with a gamut of additives for the specific needs of your system. Additives may include lubricant (oil), red or UV dye, stop leak, Extreme Cold, and extra wear
Environmental Property Comparison In the wake of increased global environmental regulation, R-1234yf has been introduced to exceed both United States EPA and European F-Gas phase-out guidelines for high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. R-1234yf has become the industry standard refrigerant to replace R-134a globally for environmental reasons. R-1234yf has an atmospheric life expectancy of 11
If you haven’t had to recharge your automotive A/C in a while, you might be surprised to notice that your old can taps, hose and gauges, and other dispensing equipment don’t work on your new refrigerant can. No, this is not a plot by the A/C industry to force you to make additional purchases….in fact,
When you’re in the A/C business (like we are) the distinction between coolants (antifreeze) and refrigerants is abundantly clear. However, so many people ask us to distinguish between them that we’ve decided to set the record straight once and for all. While both systems utilize aspects of heat transfer, and both are involved in the heating,
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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