Can you afford the fines for not complying with Section 609 certification?


The MACS office has received some questions recently on fines for violation of Section 608 and 609 noncompliance. Here are some answers:

EPA assesses penalties for violations on a case-by-case basis, based on many factors outlined in EPA’s penalty calculation policy. The most recent Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule was published on July 1, 2016 (81 FR 43091). See https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA_FRDOC_0001-20274. For violations that occurred after November 2, 2015 and for which the penalty was assessed after August 1, 2016, the Clean Air Act maximum statutory daily penalty is $44,539.

The max total for cases settled administratively is $356,312.

Section 609 compliance tests cost $20 on the MACS website -just sayin’!

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Blower motors are essential to proper HVAC performance


The blower motor can make or break HVAC performance. Solid blower motor troubleshooting, along with an attention to detail, will help ensure that your customer’s HVAC system performs properly, the way the carmaker originally intended. When diagnosing HVAC issues, keep these tips in mind for successful blower motor repairs and satisfied customers:

Check out motor operation.

The lack of airflow may be an obvious clue to blower motor problems, but there are several other symptoms that can signal an issue. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Noisy motor – squealing or grinding
  • Motor vibration
  • Excessive heat on motor case
  • Intermittent operation
  • Burning odor from the motor

Get all the specs before ordering.
Once you diagnose the need for a new blower motor, make sure you get all the application information before you order the motor. Being prepared with the application information is the best way to ensure that you’ll get the right part, the first time. Aside from the basic year/make/model information, you’ll need to note if the vehicle has A/C, because the part may be different on vehicles without it. For the dual systems found on many SUVs and minivans, you need to specify front or rear application. In many cases, the mountings and electrical connections are different. Also, check for any pertinent manufacturer notes in the parts listing.

Look for additional problem areas.
Occasionally, it takes more than a new motor to restore “original” performance. But, a quick check of other HVAC system components can eliminate potential problems and increase your service opportunities. You should conduct a thorough inspection of the following components:

  • Blower wheel – look for cracks or damaged fins.
  • Thermostatic dashboard control unit – check operation.
  • Fusible links – inspect condition.
  • Heater core, heater hoses and clamps – check for leaks and loosening.
  • Air recirculation ducts and doors – inspect the seals.
  • Heater box – check for debris blocking ducts.
  • Flexible corrugated ductwork – look for cracks or dry rot.
  • Cabin fresh air filter (late models) – replace as needed.

Tech Tip courtesy of VDO Product Managers. For additional product information, please visit: www.vdo.com/usa, contact: salessupport-us@vdo.com or call 800-564-5066.

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Registration is now open for MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show


– A/Ccess is the theme of the MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show to be held February 14-18, 2018 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center. Attendees will gain A/Ccess to the mobile A/C and engine cooling service and repair information needed to make accurate diagnoses and reliable repairs; A/Ccess to the experts in the field who design and manufacture A/C systems, components, tools and equipment; and A/Ccess to network with other mobile professionals. In addition to blockbuster training classes, the MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show includes a trade show, a golf tournament and multiple networking opportunities in relaxed social settings.

A complete list of events for the MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show is available on the MACS website at www.macsw.org and at this link: http://read.nxtbook.com/macs/action_magazine/macs_training_event_and_trade/index.html . Registration for the training event can be completed at the MACS website, or by phone at 215-631-7020 x 0 or by fax at 215-631-7017. Email inquiries can be sent to info@macsw.org .

Host hotel reservations for the Caribe Royale can be made by phone at 888-258-7501 or on the hotel page of the MACS website. The MACS hotel room rate is $165 plus tax single or double per night. Be aware neither MACS or the Caribe will never call you to book a hotel room please be alert to scammers looking to steal your credit card information.

 

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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A technician’s approach to HVAC diagnosis and testing


Twenty years ago, we could break down all areas of HVAC diagnostics into three categories when you really think about it. It was and still is called Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). All of the HVAC parts and components did the same thing NO MATTER what vehicle they were installed on. A compressor pumps, the TXV valve meters, the heat-exchangers allow a change of state, etc.

Even if the car had Automatic Climate Control, we still needed to determine some basic operating characteristics before going deep into system diagnostics. I’ll spare the customer confirmation and validation of the problem speech for this writing. Let’s just say, something in the HVAC is broken and we know it’s broken! By the way, while we’re talking about validation of the customer’s concern, let’s get the ugly word “Intermittent” out of the way. I was taught a very long time ago by a GM instructor that there is NO SUCH THING as an Intermittent. We just haven’t duplicated the conditions necessary for the problem to replicate itself.  Read the entire story

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Why you need to be Section 609 certified


Some new regulations concerning the requirement of technicians to be Section 609 certified will be put into place on January 1, 2018.

They are:

  • The final rule published November 2016 extends Section 608 requirements to HFCs. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, sale of most refrigerants will be restricted to 608 and 609 certified technicians; distributors, and 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 and click here.

 

 

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Check out MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show Schedule


Registration opens Tuesday, September 5, 2017 for the February 14-18, 2018 Event in Orlando, FL. Complete details at this link.

 

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MACS heavy-duty mobile A/C training with Mahle October 5-6 in York, PA


MACS member, Mahle Service Solutions located in York, PA has graciously opened its manufacturing facility for a MACS Section 609 Certification class on Thursday, October 5 from 2pm-5pm. Also, on Friday, October 6 MACS and Mahle will host a MACS Heavy-duty Vehicle Mobile A/C Best Practices clinic from 9am-3pm. Steve Schaeber, MACS manager of service training will present the MACS clinic material and representatives from Mahle Service Solutions will demonstrate recovery and recycling techniques using their equipment on a heavy-duty vehicle.

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Thursday, Section 609 class will include:

  • Why venting refrigerant is prohibited
  • Rules and regulations applicable to mobile A/C service
  • A/C tools and equipment requirements
  • Current and new refrigerants, including R-152a, R-1234yf, and R-744 (CO2)
  • OE manufacturer recommendations
  • Finding leaks
  • How to properly recover refrigerant
    Friday, seminar topics in the MACS clinic will include:
  • Mobile A/C system types: components and operation
  • Condensers, evaporators, compressors, lines and hoses
  • Receiver/Driers & TXVs – accumulators and OTs
  • Control devices: What they are and how they work
  • Diagnosing, testing and servicing mobile A/C systems
  • Refrigerant recovery and recycling
  • Compressor diagnosis and replacement
  • Proper oil balancing and accurate charging
  • A/C system troubleshooting and performance testing
  • Best practices repair methods

 

Cost to attend this training event is $75 for member of MACS and $125 for non-members. The event will include lunch. To register or become a member of MACS attendees can call the MACS office at 215-631-7020 x 0, visit the MACS website and register through the events tab, or fax a registration to 215-631-7017.

To learn more about MACS member Mahle Service Solutions, visit their website at http://www.servicesolutions.mahle.com . Mahle has been a member of MACS for 18 years.

 

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Velocity Channel’s John Gardner to deliver MACS 2018 Keynote Address


John Gardner, host of Tech Garage and Motorhead Garage on Velocity Channel, MAVTV and Chipola College automotive technology instructor will deliver the Keynote address at MACS 2018 Training Event on Thursday, February 15, 2017 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Mahle Service Solutions is the sponsor of the MACS Keynote luncheon which also features the recognition of the mobile A/C industry pioneers.

 

John Gardiner

John’s speech will discuss automotive education for the coming era.  John believes, “The integrity of our profession hangs on passing the baton of knowledge and ethics to future generations. In order to fill the global need of technicians, we are called to bridge the gap between aspiring technicians and current successful businesses.  We must be intentional about passing on professionalism and ethics on both fronts incorporating attitude, communication, etiquette, diversity, honesty, pride in workmanship and more. The automotive technical workforce is being built by us, today.”

 

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 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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EPA’s HFC Regulation Thrown Out by US Court


By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor

On August 8, 2017, a US District Court of Appeals reversed a 2015 EPA rule which removed R-134a from their SNAP list of acceptable substitute refrigerants for newly manufactured passenger cars and light trucks beginning with the 2021 model year (MY). The lawsuit was brought by refrigerant manufacturers Mexichem and Arkema back in 2015 shortly after the rule was first announced.

This reversal is a setback for advocates of climate protection and HFC reduction, including Chemours and Honeywell, manufacturers of R-1234yf refrigerant, the HFO which has been replacing R-134a in mobile A/C systems since 2012, and which is now being used in approximately 60% of all newly manufactured US vehicles and almost 100% of those currently being sold in Europe. The two companies, along with lawyers from the Trump Administration, helped to defend EPA’s position in court hearings back in February.

 

In their opinion, the court cited EPA’s authority under Section 612 of the US Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. EPA’s 2015 HFC rule says that it can change the listing status of a refrigerant based on new information about its effects on human health and the environment. Since that information shows HFCs are highly potent greenhouse gases and major contributors to climate change, and alternatives are available which have drastically reduced effects, EPA setup a phase out schedule beginning with MY2021 and continuing until MY2025. But the court disagreed, saying that, “EPA’s authority to regulate ozone-depleting substances under Section 612 and other statutes does not give EPA authority to order the replacement of substances that are not ozone depleting but that contribute to climate change.”

 

Although they struck down this ruling, the court did offer EPA that it could still accomplish the same goal by using its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act, or by using a “retroactive disapproval” approach. It’s now up to EPA to decide if it wants to appeal this court’s ruling (to continue to defend its authority as originally written back in 2015), or if it wants to simply start over, and write a completely new rule.

 

So what does this mean for the mobile A/C industry? We’ll have to wait and see what happens for now, but we can expect that those manufacturers who have already switched their vehicles over to use R-1234yf will continue to fill them with the gas. We may even continue to see vehicle platforms change over to yf in the coming years, as many are planned changeovers that are far along in the refresh or redesign process and which are unlikely to be reversed.

 

For some brands that have not yet made any changes to their US models (like Nissan, Infinity, Daimler, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Acura, and Lexus), we expect that unless EPA appeals this Court’s ruling (and wins), or revises the previous rule or even writes a new one, they will continue to use R-134a in their air conditioning systems perhaps even into the next decade.

 

There is also widespread support for the current changeover (and a lot of time and money has already been invested) by industry advocates, vehicle OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, parts, tools and equipment manufacturers and distributors. Many repair shops and technicians have also invested in tools, equipment, education and training to work with the new refrigerant, too.

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MACS to dedicate annual golf tournament trophy to posthumously honor Art Hobbs


Art Hobbs was a member and director of MACS for many years and was instrumental in the Society’s growth during MACS’ formative years. The MACS annual golf tournament was a particular favorite event of Art’s and he took great pride in organizing the play.

We lost Art in 2015, and have decided to name the MACS perennial golf tournament trophy in his honor. During the 2018 MACS golf event on Wednesday, February 14, sponsored by Four Seasons at the Falcon’s Fire golf course in Orlando, FL, foursomes will compete for the Art Hobbs memorial trophy. Golfers will also be able to purchase “sweetheart mulligans” to benefit the MACS scholarship fund.

Art’s widow, Carolyn will join the golf awards ceremony to award the Art Hobbs Memorial Golf Trophy for the first time to the MACS tournament winners.

 

Four Seasons is the MACS tournament sponsor and all golf holes in 2018 have a sponsor.  The following MACS member companies have sponsored a golf hole: Arkema, Auto Zone, Bus Parts Experts, Cold Air, CPS, Experian, I.H.S., Inficon, Mahle Service Solutions, Mexichem, Omega-Global-Santech, O’Reilly, Red Dot, Trans/Air and Trensor. Registration for MACS 2018 Golf Tournament and all events at MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show will begin Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

 

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 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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