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What is R1234YF?

Without getting too technical, this mashup of letters and numbers is a modern refrigerant used in automotive air-conditioning systems. A more environmentally-friendly offshoot of its predecessor, R134A, the new refrigerant has been adopted by more auto manufacturers since 2014 when Fiat and General Motors made the switch. In fact, in 2018, more than 50 percent of new vehicles used R1234YF, and that number continues to grow by the minute.

What Makes R1234YF Different?

With environmental standards improving each year, automakers must grow technology that meets and exceeds the new normal. This refrigerant is simply an air-conditioning upgrade. On the other hand, new products often mean modes of practice must change, and in this case, special training and equipment is needed to service air-conditioning systems that use R1234YF.

Since the product has only been out a few years, independent shops must specially train their technicians and obtain the equipment to effectively service these systems. More importantly, many vehicles that first adopted R1234YF are coming out of warranty, so the demand will soon increase.

As of May 2018, these manufacturers used R1234YF in at least 50 percent of their new models:

  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Chevrolet
  • Honda
  • GMC
  • Kia
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Ram

How Trinity Automotive Can Help

Not only can our team of experts service standard automotive A/C systems in White Bear Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Blaine, and Forest Lake, but we are the only independent shop in the NE Metro region to have proper equipment and training to recover, recycle and repair units that use R1234YF refrigerant.

Our high-tech machinery can detect leaks, purge trapped air, refill tanks, flush and recharge your R1234YF air-conditioning system, and our up-to-date, ASE-Certified mechanics understand the special characteristics of these modern units.

Your car’s air-conditioner works hard, and regular preventative checks help spot minor issues before they lead to system failure. With dedicated mechanics that prioritize staying ahead of current technology, you don’t have to wait days or weeks for the dealership to fit you in. Trinity Automotive offers the same high-quality service you’ll find at any dealership, and our complementary loaner vehicles ensure your life doesn’t miss a beat when your car requires repair.

If you live near White Bear Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Blaine or Forest Lake, stop by or give us a call today at 651-409-3522. Come see why your neighbors prefer us over the competition, and don’t forget to ask about our Veteran discount.

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