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Refrigerating your A/C safely

Written by maryp posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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It’s that time of the year. If you notice that your A/C does not seem to be a cool as it should, please call a BMW or MINI Cooper professional.

Technology, environmental laws, and even our Business and Professional Codes, have changed in regards to Air Conditioning service. Remember that at one time people would just “top off” their air conditioning system with freon? Well, usually that means there is a leak somewhere in the system. (This is depleting the ozone layer). It is unlawful to discharge refrigerant into the atmosphere, (and it has been for many years). So a qualified shop will have special equipment to identify, (what kind of refrigerant), remove it safely and correctly, re-cycle it and the replace with the proper refrigerant, (after the leak is fixed).

Now, you may be wondering why we need equipment to “identify” what kind of refrigerant? If you decide to stop in a parts store and pick up an aerosol can of “something” that it supposed to make your A/C cooler and put it in your system, you have effectively contanimated your entire A/C system! In our opinion, some of this junk should not even be allowed on the market. Much of it is highly flammable, too. It’s a waste of your money, and now you will have a more expensive problem when you take your car in for the proper A/C work. Why? Because the A/C system has to be cleared of all of the refrigerant first, (with the additional “junk” that is in there), and now we have to recycle that batch completely different from usual. So that goes along with extra fees and documentation. Then the correct refrigerant has to be put in.

Do it right the first time at a shop that is doing it safely, correctly, and legally. It’s a win-win.

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