Independent garages have been slow to make the investment in equipment to work on R-1234yf systems, and many car dealers’ service departments couldn’t be happier about that. When the car manufacturers, whose products they sell, began the changeover, new recovery/recycle/recharge (RRR) machines became essential dealer equipment purchases. In many areas this has given the car dealers a near monopoly on servicing R-1234yf systems, meaning their higher operating costs have not been affected by independent garage competition. One industry observer cited examples of dealers assessing labor charges of several hundred dollars simply to evacuate and recharge a system, plus earning a healthy profit on the refrigerant…Read this article.
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