Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard about the new regulations and requirements for R-1234yf usage. Not sure? Well, it’s time you crawled out from under that rock and get ready for some of these new regulations that will affect you and your profession.
SAE standard J2843, for “R-1234yf (HFO-1234yf) recovery equipment for refrigerants used in mobile air conditioning systems,” establishes the minimum equipment requirements for the recovery, recycling and recharging of R-1234yf. This regulation covers all the refrigerant that has been removed, filtered and reused for any mobile air conditioning system designated as an R-1234yf system.
During the past four years, R-1234yf has been adopted by automakers before the 2021 mandate. Many vehicles with R1234yf are now out of warranty. Sooner or later, one of your customers will bring one to your shop.
Don’t worry, R-12 and R-134a will not be phased out, but they will be regulated and taxed heavily. This is good news for shops because the days of DIY A/C repair in a can are numbered.