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Introducing the Cooler, More Eco-Friendly Auto A/C Refrigerant — R-1234yf

May 18, 2022

R-1234yf - the Cooler, More Eco-Friendly Auto A/C Refrigerant | Columbia Auto Care & Car Wash in Columbia, MD. Closeup image of an auto technician’s hand setting plug of air refill kit for car air condition repair and maintenance.

Like most drivers, you may not think too much about how your auto air conditioning system works. You just turn it on when it’s hot and expect to feel a rush of refreshing, cold air. 

But at Columbia Auto Care & Car Wash, we live and breathe all things automotive, especially auto A/C repair. In fact, we make it our job to ensure we’re the best place to go for car A/C repair in Columbia, MD

Whether you need minor or major auto A/C repair, we are your local one-stop shop in Columbia, MD. As leaders in the area, we have recently invested in a new, more sustainable auto A/C service called R-1234yf. 

Let’s look at our newer, more eco-friendly auto A/C service.

The History of Car A/C Refrigerants

When the auto air conditioning systems debuted in the mid-20th century, they relied on a refrigerant called Freon (like home A/C systems and refrigerators). It was cheap, easy to produce, and worked like a charm. But by the late 1980s, it was clear that it was also destroying the Earth’s ozone layer.

To solve the problem, governments around the world banned Freon. Auto air conditioning systems began using a different refrigerant called R-134a. It’s a compound that works like Freon but without the ozone-damaging effects. Regardless, it wasn’t a long-term solution because R-134a was still contributing to global warming.

That’s where R-1234yf enters the picture. Developed by DuPont and Honeywell, this new auto A/C refrigerant breaks down in the atmosphere in a mere 11 days. As of 2021, you’ll find it in every new car sold in Columbia, MD and across the U.S.

Our Mechanics in Columbia, MD are R-1234yf Experts

Now that you know what R-1234yf is, it’s important to understand that not every auto A/C repair shop in Columbia, MD is set up to handle it. To properly perform an R-1234yf service, the facility must have invested in the proper technology and mechanics training. 

For instance, the couplers needed to recharge an R-1234yf system differ in size from those on an R-134a system. Plus, the threading on the connecters is left-handed, not right. 

All these mean you need a specific toolset to work with R-1234yf. Fortunately, our mechanics are equipped to meet your car A/C repair needs—no matter the system.

Contact Columbia Auto Care & Car Wash for Auto A/C Repair

As technology evolves in auto air conditioning systems, your auto repair facility must have the tools and equipment to meet your needs. At Columbia Auto Care & Car Wash, we are committed to doing just that. 

As the best Columbia car A/C repair facility, we can perform maintenance and repairs on virtually every make and model. Whether your vehicle uses the new R-1234yf system or the R134a system and needs A/C repair, Columbia Auto Care & Car Wash is your one-stop shop.

Contact our mechanics today by completing our online contact form or calling (410) 740-9890. Or feel free to stop by to experience our state-of-the-art facility at 10611 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044.


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