Beyond parts, it’s important to be prepared when a garage comes in requesting advice and recommendations regarding new thermal equipment. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your thermal expertise on how a garage should tool up for service and repairs.
Key devices such as the refrigerant identifier, electronic leak detection tool and temperature gun all need to be tested and adjustments made, as required, to ensure they are performing to manufacturer specifications. A little preventative maintenance will go a long way.
The refrigerant recovery/recycle and charging station is one of the most important tools for a technician conducting repairs. Not only does the RRR machine need annual, complete pre-season inspection, but Delphi also provides four different types of RRR machines to keep your customers happy.
Delphi introduced the four air conditioning (A/C) recharging stations to its service portfolio in September 2011. These machines deliver quick, accurate recovery, and recharging of passenger and commercial vehicle thermal systems including hybrid and electric vehicles. Each system features a patented aluminum manifold which delivers efficient refrigerant recovery, enhanced leak protection, and easier assembly and access.
Most A/C system oils and lubricants have a shelf life. Using anything that's past the expiration date could damage the system you've just repaired.
Another good supply check is O-rings. These, too, won't last forever.
Ask your customers if their oils, lubricants and O-rings are up to date. It could save them an unnecessary comeback and unhappy consumer.
Unfortunately, spanner wrenches won't work on newer style compressor clutches. Ask your customers if they’ve invested yet in a compressor turning tool. You might also want to consider recommending they add a diagnostics tool such as Delphi's new A/C Analyzer to their garage.
This unique device measures eight key air-conditioning system areas to help take the guesswork out of servicing today's A/C systems. The hand-held, wireless device links to any Bluetooth-equipped PDA and services R-134a systems.