Air conditioning recycling for HFO-1234yf.
AC3200 is a fully automatic product, for HFO-1234yf, which lies in the medium-high market segment.
It provides as standard a database and self-diagnosis with a memory card system, thereby guaranteeing extremely high standards of precision in the recovery/recycling operations, in accordance with the current SAE standards.
The machine, with its reliable and advanced performance, is equipped with oil drain as standard.
Disposable, sealed PAG UV/oil containers and a POE type oil/UV container for hybrid vehicles can be provided on request.
At a cost per week that is less than 1 service charge, not a lot of work needs to be done to feel the benefits of your investment.
The introduction of HFO-1234yf was a significant development in automotive air conditioning. However, it is important to appreciate that the new refrigerant has had only a limited impact to the aftermarket from its introduction when the gas was made available to franchised dealers – hence its impact outside the franchise sector so far has been minimal. Today though we are starting to see a day by day increase in the number of these vehicles entering the aftermarket arena.
The story so far
Vehicles receiving type approval** from January 1st 2011 had to use a refrigerant with a GWP (Global Warming Potential) of less than 150. The current refrigerant HFC R-134a does not meet this requirement.
HFO-1234yf is the vehicle manufacturers’ current refrigerant of choice – it meets legislative standards and requires minimal vehicle re-engineering.
All vehicles which received type approval before 31st December 2010, can be produced with HFC R-134a refrigerant until 1st January 2017.
All new vehicles produced from January 1st 2017 must use a refrigerant with a GWP of less than 150.
Given the time delay from type approval only a very small number of vehicles launched in 2011 were equipped with HFO-1234yf.
The initial global production of HFO-1234yf was only sufficient to supply vehicle manufacturers’ production requirements.
Further production was scheduled to become available during 2015.
The cost of the new refrigerant has proved to be very expensive, when compared to the cost of R134a. Typically the cost of a 5 Kg bottle has been seen around £800, no doubt the price will lower over time. Currently we are able to offer a 5Kg bottle of gas at a cost of £517.50, for customers who purchase their Air Conditioning Service Machine from us.
**Type approval is the confirmation that production samples of a design will meet specified performance standards.