Diagnosing today’s climate control systems: What NOT to do!


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine

Introducing more of the teachers and leaders that will be presenting classes at the upcoming MACS Training Event and Trade Show in February. Each of these class leaders has been chosen for their detailed knowledge of their topic and their ability to present it to you.

Peter Orlando

Peter Orlando, Automotive Training Technologies

“Diagnosing today’s climate control systems: What NOT to do!”
and  “The ’99 Expedition electrical experience”

Peter Orlando is a 31-year ASE certified Master Automobile Technician with additional certification in A9, L1, L2, T6, and T8. Peter is a MACS-approved instructor, a certified New Jersey emission repair technician, an approved training provider in NJ, and a licensed motor vehicle inspector in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
If you’ve never taken a class with him, you’ve missed a lot. Peter combines his extensive, hands-on shop knowledge and experience with no little bit of humor and big city sass. Hey, what’dya expect from a guy that plays drums in a couple of rock bands?

We asked Peter to explain his class content in his own words, as if he were speaking to a prospective attendee (that’s you).

“Hi … pleasure to meet you. I would like you to think about the most difficult time you ever had about fixing a car. While there are many different reasons a mechanic might have difficulty in troubleshooting a problem, it generally falls into two categories – lack of training and technician attitude!

In my travels , I find 90% of the time the mechanic-technician lacks the ability to think through a process…consistently. My seminar is going to educate you on how to think about the problem, how to use deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills to address the problem, and understand why it has to work the way it was designed. Education is a change in behavior! Unless there is a change in behavior, no education is taking place. I choose to teach awareness of ‘What DO you Know’  vs  ‘What Don’t you Know?’

I will tell you this: after sitting through my seminar, a technician will have a different way of thinking through a problem. You’re here at the MACS convention because there is a need – in fact, a requirement – to be better at what we do. When you return back to the shop, I will hope to hear from you that what you learned in our class changed your way of thinking about a problem forever!

Think about it; you can walk up to the boss and say, “Hey, I need an A/C compressor for the Sebring,” and when he asks why you can answer with confidence,  “Because based on my tests, electrically, everything is satisfactory. So there is a mechanical problem with the compressor.”  Change in behavior!

I’m Peter Orlando, and I approved this message. “

Don’t say we didn’t warn you; both of Peter’s sessions are well-worth your time.

The Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s blog has been honored as the best business to business blog in the Automotive Aftermarket by the Automotive Communications Awards and the Car Care Council Women’s Board!

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be, click here for more information.
You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org or visit to find a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Click here  to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

The 33rd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Be the Best of the Best will take place February 7-9, 2013 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL.

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About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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