How has the severe winter of 2014 influenced the automotive service and repair business?


We asked this question of longtime MACS Member Tim Iezzi, owner of Iezzi’s Auto Service in Reading, PA.

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Without a second of hesitation, Tim said,“One thing we’re gonna see, with the amount of snow we’ve had, and the amount of road salt and de-icing chemicals that PennDot (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) has had to put down on the roads, we’re going to see more corrosion damage to under-body A/C lines and condensers. That’s something we’ve seen a huge increase of in our shop already, specifically since the brine solution has been coating the roads.  I’m seeing more condenser failures, more under-body line failures, more low-mounted suction and discharge lines corroding through.  Obviously we’ll also see brake lines, brake rotors, radiators, condensers, basically just more corrosion damage.”

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Another result of the sub freezing temperatures, snow, ice and salt have been the ugly road craters known as pot holes. Some cars can find themselves nearly swallowed up by these road hazards and the deeper the whole the deeper and more serious the damage to the car. Repair shops in the Philadelphia metro area report an increase in tow calls for flat tires, bent rims and damage to frames.

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, http://bit.ly/10zvMYg for more information.

You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org . To locate 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 35th annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Meet me at MACS! will take place February 5-7, 2015 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center.

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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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