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Car A/C Recharge

Chico car AC Recharge

It's summer again! Time to fix your AC!Car A/C recharges are apon us because it is summer again! The weather’s heating up and while that means great fun in the sun and time to swim, it also means it’s time to get your vehicle’s air conditioner serviced. You don’t want AC repairs to come up as emergency on the hottest of days so we’re here today to help you find the right Car AC recharge refrigerant for your vehicle.

It’s fairly easy to pick the right kind of air conditioner refrigerant to recharge your truck or car. If you have any questions or need us to do the car ac recharge for you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or text at (530) 826-4275, if you prefer.

There are 3 primary types of automobile refrigerants that we use to recharge our car AC (essentially in chronological order). They are: R12, R134a, and R1234yf.

R12 freon

The first car A/C refrigerant people used is called R12. Its proper science name is “Dichlorodifluoromethane”, but it goes by the brand name Freon. “Freon” has since become synonymous with harmful effects on the atmosphere; it depletes the ozone layer

It was banned in the US in 1994, so if your car was made in 1995 or later, you know you don’t use R12 refrigerant in your vehicle. Most likely, you use the next one in the list, R134A. While R12 is still legal to use in older vehicles, the refrigerant used in newer types generally works better.

Since we’ve stopped using R12 so broadly, the ozone layer is now on schedule to be restored completely sometime within the 21st century.

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R134A freon

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The most common proper name of R134A is “Tetrafluoroethane”. You can see why they shortened it. It benefits from low flammability so it’s safer, and it’s also better on the environment than R12 refrigerant. However, it’s still not that good on the environment so a new standard now comes in newer cars, R1234yf. R134a has already been phased out in the European Union since 2017.

Besides automobiles, R134a refrigerant is also used in all kinds of appliances too. It’s benefits are applicable as much to food refrigerators as car refrigerators. But because we’re phasing out for the new standard, currently only licensed buyers can buy large amounts of R134a freon.


Much like any upgrade, R1234yf is a bit safer, more efficient, and better than its predecessor. It should’ve been used in all newly built cars in the US by 2021, but the regulations were held up in court in 2018.

 Nonetheless, R1234yf breaks down easier in the atmosphere thus less harm to ozone layer. Notably, it’s fairly easy to upgrade from R134A to R1234YF refrigerant though it’s best handled by a professional.

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AC history

Karl Benz was the first man to invent a car. He made the first in Germany and France. The Motorwagen was a big hit Karl a lot of money. So much so he could start his own automotive company!

Karl Benz live to be 84 years old. He died April 4, 1929. But his legacy continued. His colleagues continued his work and made many more cars! 

For the first 50 or so years, cars were driven without any form of air cooling. The first car was invented 1886. But, vehicles with air conditioning were not invented until October 7, 1935.

 In Buffalo, New York, the first automotive air conditioning was invented. It was invented by two brothers. Those two brothers were James and William Packard. 

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Car ac recharge

Tedious Repairs is the best A/C repair shop in Chico. Our techs have decades of experience between them and are here every day ready to help take care of you. Just give us a call today!

Use the contact information below to call or text, email, or schedule an appointment online. Thanks again for reading and come back next week for more!

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1 thought on “Car A/C Recharge”

  1. R12 is still doing that amount of weight loss in the seventies. We should completely ban the use of R12. But hopefully people are using R134A to protect the weight levels of any little conscious atmosphere.

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