Q: What are the steps for installing an A/C Compressor?
A: You should not perform this type of repair unless you have a special machine that can recover and recycle the refrigerant and you have been trained and certified to perform this type of procedure. Depending on the type of refrigerant, releasing it into the atmosphere could contribute to ozone depletion and/or enhance global warming. Common automotive refrigerants are R-12, R-134a, R-1234yf, and R-744. R-12 refrigerant was used extensively in automobiles until the early 1990’s. R-134a, a more environmentally friendly refrigerant, was phased in to replace R-12, however its release still impacts global warming. New refrigerants, such as R-1234yf and R-744, are being introduced to replace R-134a. It is against the law for technicians to intentionally release refrigerants into the air. Service technicians are required by law to recover and recycle refrigerants.