Would you like to have refrigerant charge amounts and oil specs in the palm of your hand?


Join the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide as a paid member and you’ll have access to our MACS mobile A/C diagnostics app with the MOTOR information refrigerant and oil specs ready to access through your mobile device! Watch the video!

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MACS to Hold Free Section 609 Certification Class at 2018 Training Event


The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide will provide a free Section 609 certification class for up to 100 professional automotive technicians on Friday, February 16 at 1 p.m. EST at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center 8101 World Center Drive Orlando, FL. 32821.

The free class is part of MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show taking place February 14-17 at the Caribe and is sponsored by MACS member, Texas Truck A/C of Balch Springs, TX.

 

The class will take approximately three hours and at the end technicians can become Section 609 certified to work on vehicles using R-12, R-134a and R-1234yf refrigerant when they take the written test provided and successfully pass. Technicians who fail will be provided one free re-test.

 

As of January 1, 2018, all technicians who wish to purchase refrigerant in quantities of 2 pounds or more must be Section 609 certified and show their credential at purchase.

 

Interested technicians must register to participate by calling 215-631-7020 x 0 or by registering online at the Events tab on MACS website at http://www.macsw.org

 

When technicians register for the class, they will receive a confirmation for the class.

 

R-1234yf refrigerant is gaining popularity among vehicle manufacturers because it reduces the environmental impact of A/C systems in vehicles, helping manufacturers meet stringent vehicle emissions standards. Automakers can receive emissions credits for using environmentally friendly refrigerants, meaning aftermarket technicians will begin to see an increase in vehicles using R-1234yf.  The number of vehicles using

R-1234yf is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years as the refrigerant replaces the current industry-standard R134a.

 

The MACS refrigerant recovery and recycling program was developed to meet the requirements under Section 609 of the Clean Air Act of 1990 and was formally approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), effective Aug. 13, 1992.

 

Since then, more than 1.1 million technicians have achieved Section 609 certification through its program. Throughout the years, MACS has continually expanded its certification program to reflect industry changes in technology, service equipment, procedures, tools, alternative refrigerants and changing government regulatory requirements.

Since 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.

MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services. MACS has assisted more than 1-million technicians to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment.

 

To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at http://www.macsw.org. The MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show, A/Ccess will take place February 14-17 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. A current calendar of regional training can be found on the training page of MACS website.

 

 

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Our struggle with compressor oil


January February 2018 ACTION Magazine

One of the most troubling situations a shop technician faces is not being able to find critical service information needed to properly diagnose and repair a vehicle. This could be anything from torque specs and bolt- tightening sequence to wiring schematics or even clock programing instructions. In the A/C world, it’s most frustrating when a technician can’t locate capacity information for a system they’re working on, and when they’ve tried everything they can at their shop, they often reach out to tech support specialists at their parts’ suppliers (and their membership organizations like MACS) to get some help.

But sometimes we run across a situation where no matter how much we search, and no matter how many people we ask, we just can’t seem to find definitive answers to sometimes basic questions, such as how much oil is supposed to be in a particular system.

Read the whole article. Download the January-February 2018 issue of ACTION.

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Robinair and MACS Worldwide to provide free Section 609 test prep webinar and online test on January 24, 2018


Robinair is partnering with the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide to provide a free Section 609 test prep webinar for training and certification for up to 125 technicians on Wednesday, January 24 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will be broadcast on a private YouTube channel. Registrants will receive the link to the webinar in advance of the webinar and a link for the test after the webinar.

 

The webinar will take approximately 90 minutes and at the end technicians can become Section 609 certified to work on vehicles using R-12, R-134a and R-1234yf refrigerant when they take the online test provided and successfully pass the test.

All technicians who wish to purchase refrigerant in quantities of 2 pounds or more must be Section 609 certified and show their credential at purchase.

 

Interested technicians can register by calling 215-631-7020 x 0 or by registering online at www.macsw.org

 

When technicians register for the webinar, they will receive a link to the webinar in advance of the event free of charge and courtesy of Robinair. Technicians should take the online test immediately after viewing the webinar on January 24. If they pass the test, Section 609 credentials will be sent to them. Should a technician fail the test, one online re-test will be issued.

 

R-1234yf refrigerant is gaining popularity among vehicle manufacturers because it reduces the environmental impact of A/C systems in vehicles, helping manufacturers meet stringent vehicle emissions standards. Automakers can receive emissions credits for using environmentally friendly refrigerants, meaning aftermarket technicians will begin to see an increase in vehicles using R-1234yf.  The number of vehicles using

R-1234yf is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years as the refrigerant replaces the current industry-standard R134a.

 

The MACS refrigerant recovery and recycling program was developed to meet the requirements under Section 609 of the Clean Air Act and was formally approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), effective Aug. 13, 1992.  Since then, more than 1.1 million technicians have achieved Section 609 certification through its program. Throughout the years, MACS has continually expanded its certification program to reflect industry changes in technology, service equipment, procedures, tools, alternative refrigerants and changing government regulatory requirements.

 

“As R-1234yf becomes more prevalent in vehicles on the road, technicians and shop owners need training to recognize which refrigerant is being used, how to handle it safely and how to make sure they are properly equipped with the right machines and tools to service them,” said Tim Wagaman, senior product manager, air conditioning & fluid products, Robinair. “Working with MACS to educate, train and certify today’s technicians on the latest breakthroughs and advancements in the mobile air conditioning industry is one our main goals for 2018, helping to ensure A/C service is performed properly and by trained, certified technicians.”

Since 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.

MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services. MACS has assisted more than 1-million technicians to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment.

 

To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at http://www.macsw.org. The MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show, A/Ccess will take place February 14-17 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. A current calendar of regional training can be found on the training page of MACS website.

 

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Should I stay or should I go?


By Andy Fiffick, MACS Chairman and CEO and President Rad Air Complete Car Care

I know the value of a dollar – I couldn’t be in business otherwise – but a recent experience about both the dollar and escalating costs was eye opening. Now that I’m a grandparent, I’m in the market for a larger SUV, something for family trips, so I contacted a friend who operates a huge, used-car business in the area and to be on the lookout for me.

He got back to me with a quote on a 2016 low-mileage, “previously enjoyed” piece of American iron that he thought might fill the bill. “For you, the price is $72 large.” Ouch! Perhaps to soften the blow, he noted that the vehicle, when new, ran to six figures. I had no clue over-sized luxury SUV costs could run so high. Since I was not in the market beforehand, it caught me off guard.

As costs continue to climb, it puts pressure on all of us to run hard enough to at least keep up. That’s true for me and all of my team members who strive to keep the business on a paying basis.

But those price pressures, coupled with the national shortage of good, experienced automotive service technicians, can set the stage for employee poaching by competitors and bidding wars for talent. I understand that my team members have to look out for themselves and do the best they can to support their families, but when the issue comes up, I counsel my staff to base their decision to stay or go on many other factors in addition to the siren call of a couple more dollars an hour.

We pay a very competitive salary, and we foster an atmosphere that promotes cooperation in our service bays. The result, we believe, is client satisfaction and the building of trust that keeps people coming back. The last thing we want to promote in our shop is a dog-eat-dog competition to slap on parts, churn out repairs and beat the clock. The latter approach seems to me a sure-fire way to promote internal discord, burn people out and alienate the client base.

 

We also believe that our work environment promotes learning and the seasoning of our people to become better service professionals, enhancing their value and ultimately their ability to earn. You can’t do that in an environment of churn and burn.

 

An article I read in Forbes listed some of the other factors that contribute to a worker’s decision to stay or go. The article conceded that salary was top of the list for most employees, but other factors cited were good health insurance, work-life balance, opportunities for advancement and professional development, and a sense of purpose.

 

So yes, of course, the Benjamin is important to all of us, but it is only part of the total value proposition.

 

See you in Orlando.

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A season for thanks, giving and helping others


Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, along with the devastating fires in northern California, have severely impacted the lives of citizens living in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, California and Puerto Rico. The events are reported to be responsible for many lives lost, hundreds of thousands of residents displaced from their homes and billions of dollars of property damage. Add to that the months and even years of lost productivity for folks from all walks of life who were profoundly affected.

In a true display of what our nation is about, Americans (including many MACS members) have worked selflessly and tirelessly to help one another.

One such effort is that of Agnes Perez of Puerto Rico, a MACS member and director, who has established a GoFundMe site https://www.gofundme.com/agnesperezmechanics to assist automotive repair shops on that island to recover. We encourage you to visit the site.

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MACS reminds the aftermarket to be aware of changes to Section 609 requirements in 2018


Technicians who service mobile A/C systems and distributors who sell refrigerant need to be aware of new regulations effective on January 1, 2018 concerning the requirement of technicians to be Section 609 certified.

 

  • The final rule published November 2016 extends Section 608 requirements to HFCs. Starting Jan. 1, 2018,sale of most refrigerants of two pounds or larger will be restricted to 608 and 609- certified technicians; distributors must keep refrigerant sales records and verify purchasers are (or employ) 608 or 609-certified technicians.
  • Small cans (2 pounds or less) of non-exempt refrigerants may continue to be manufactured or imported and sold after Jan. 1, 2018, if equipped with self-sealing valves.
  • To learn more about Section 609 certification visit the MACS website

at http://www.macsw.org. To view the new regulations on the U.S. EPA website,
visit https://www.epa.gov/section608/refrigerant-sales-restriction

 

There is no mandatory re-certification, Section 609 certification once obtained is good for life. Technicians who have lost their MACS or IMACA certification may replace their credentials for $10. by calling the MACS office at 215-631-7020 x 0 or following the directions listed on the Section 609 page of the MACS website at https://goo.gl/PhRzEF.

 

“The MACS staff has been busy answering questions for technicians and distributors who are confused or have been given wrong information about the new requirements. MACS wants everyone to understand that if you are Section 609 certified your credentials are good for life. If you have lost your credentials and are MACS or IMACA certified, MACS can issue a reprint of credentials for a $10 processing fee,” explained Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS president and chief operating officer.

 

Technicians who are not certified can become certified by visiting the MACS website at www.macsw.org. The newest Section 609 certification program which debuted in 2015 includes training on handling R-1234yf. Section 609 certification can be obtained through a written or online test for $20. Group classes can also be arranged by contacting our training department at 215-631-7020 x 304 or email marion@macsw.org

 

Since 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.

MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services. MACS has assisted more than 1-million technicians to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment.

 

To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at http://www.macsw.org. The MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show, A/Ccess will take place February 14-17 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. A current calendar of all regional training can be found on the training page of MACS website.

 

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Flooded vehicle dangers-Nov/Dec ACTION magazine


Far more important than the automotive service world, floods related to Hurricane Harvey,  Irma, Jose and Maria have been responsible for taking dozens of lives and destroying the homes of thousands of citizens living in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico. The storms are reported to be responsible for many lives lost, tens of thousands of residents displaced from their homes and billions of dollars of property damage. Add to that the months and even years of lost productivity for folks from all walks of life who were profoundly affected by these storms that dumped over trillions of gallons of rain. In a true display of what our nation is about, Americans (including many MACS members) have worked selflessly and tirelessly to help one another. From the federal, state and local first responders and governmental officials to countless volunteers from around the nation, everyone has pitched in to help their neighbors. Residents of every race, ethnicity, religion, economic status and lifestyle have put the ‘Golden Rule’ into action, loving their neighbors. On the business side of the rebuilding effort, those in the building trades are stepping up to the likelihood of a restful vacation being out of the question for a long time as rescue efforts wind down and the restoration of homes, businesses and infrastructure hammered by the storms start to wind up. It goes without saying that the entire team at MACS relays our deepest sympathies for the families who have lost loved ones and send our thoughts and prayers to all who have been affected by this season’s storms.

The 2017 hurricane season has resulted in an estimated 1 million vehicles involved in floods from Hurricane Harvey in August and from Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria in September. Most of these vehicles will end up in auto recycling yards. History has shown us, however, that many will be rolling into MACS member shops! Read the rest of this article online.

Download the Nov/Dec 2017 Issue of MACS ACTION magazine.

 

 

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MACS Worldwide members can train their employees with MACS help


For many years the Society has published a monthly technical newsletter called the MSR (MACS Service Reports). If you’re a MACS member, then you’re probably familiar with receiving the MSR in your mailbox each month or online in your email. It contains the most up-to-date technical information pertaining to mobile air conditioning, engine cooling and vehicle electronics & programming.

But what you might not know is that each month we also publish a quiz that’s available with each issue. The quiz corresponds to the previous month, so if you’re reading the September 2017 MSR, the attached quiz goes with the August edition. The quiz is a great way to test your knowledge on the topics contained within that issue, and it’s a great tool that you can use in your classroom or shop.

Automotive instructors will enjoy using the MSR in their A/C classes to test their students’ knowledge. For example, you can assign the MSR as a reading assignment for your class, and use the corresponding quiz in class the next day.

Shop owners and managers can also use the MSR, not only to test their technicians’ knowledge about general air conditioning topics, but also to help them stay up to date with the industry, while also learning about the latest mobile A/C tools and techniques.

If you’re a current Member of MACS, you can find the online MSR archive at www.macsw.org in the Members’ Only Section.

Not a MACS member yet? Join MACS Now

You’ll need your username and password to log onto the website. Call MACS at (215) 631-7020 x 304 for more information.

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Join us at AC/cess 2018


If you need more reasons to escape from winter’s grasp and head for sunny Florida next February, I’ve got a bunch for you. MACS Worldwide will return to the Caribe Royale in Orlando Feb. 14 through 17, 2018. The event’s theme is ACcess and that’s what the programming is all about: giving you access to the information, training, tools and equipment you will need to make next year the best you’ve ever had in the business.

Click here for the full program of ACcess 2018

More than 20 technical trainers, specialists and other mobile air conditioning experts are available to you during the MACS Training Event and Trade Show. The program schedule, designed to maximize value for participants, affords the opportunity to select eight training options for a total of 12 hours of focused classroom instruction.

Two unique program tracks are offered. One features training for the automotive / light truck arena. A second track caters to those operations dealing with service of HD truck / off-highway vehicles. Since you can’t be in two places at once, but may have interests in both areas, it makes sense to bring a second (and maybe a third) team member along.

Beyond the classroom experience, additional learning options abound. A general session on Friday morning adds another two hours to your experience, as presenters focus on this industry’s opportunities and challenges, both current and in the years ahead. A keynote luncheon provides both food and thought, and a second lunch with focused roundtable discussions brings experts together with you and your industry peers for an exchange of ideas in a less formal setting.

In your everyday world, most suppliers are represented by voices on the phone, faxes or emails. At the MACS trade show, you have direct, face-to-face contact with the leading manufacturers and suppliers of parts, tools and equipment used in your shop. Suddenly that voice on the phone or other electronic communications has a face and personality, offering a new and better dimension to your interactions. You can also use this time to discover the newest and the best products and services to enhance your operations back home.

Last but not least, you know what they say about all work and no play, and the MACS event promises time for some social interaction and fun. It has been my experience that informal discussions and the connections made during the “down time” of these events often provide unexpected epiphanies and sometimes lead to lifelong friendships.

I hope to see you in February! For more information Visit the MACS website at www.macsw.org

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