How do I recharge my vehicle’s air conditioner?

We recharge your vehicle air conditioner with The Arctic Commander


What to do when your vehicles air conditioning stops cooling

The Mastercool Arctic Commander is here!  Just in time for muggy weather. The Arctic Commander System enables us to provide you with a full diagnostic air conditioning test in the field. Plus, this unit runs in an enclosed system, without Freon, making it Eco-Friendly.

What happened to Freon?

Freon was actually a DuPont trade name for R12, which was the current R134A’s predecessor. R12 (Freon) produced chlorofluorocarbons that depleted the Earth’s fragile Ozone layer. The liquid was banned by the EPA in 1992 and removed permanently in 2020. Now we use R134a. Tetrafluoroethane, (R134A) is from the family of HFC refrigerants. Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), indicates that the refrigerant is comprised of Hydrogen, Fluorine, and Carbon.  This is a non-combustible gas that is non-toxic, non-combustible, non-corrosive and has zero Ozone Depletion.

Wait, it leaks?

Let us explain.  Your new HFC is a clear, odorless gas that undergoes an evaporation process over and over again to produce cool air.  Blasting your car with cold air that can be circulated safely. But, the gas molecules are smaller than the components designed to contain them and can leak out over time, even in a normal system. Think of it like the air in your tires. Your system needs to be checked and replaced on occasion.  That’s where our Artic Commander comes in! 

Here’s how we charge your car A/C

First, we take a baseline temperature reading. Where we hook your vehicle up to two hoses. Using vacuum pressure, we measure current refrigerant levels versus ideal refrigerant levels. This process also checks the oil in your system.

As it runs, the vacuum pressure removes moisture and air contaminants. Through this process, and a little math, we can check for leaks and determine the exact amount needed to properly charge your air conditioning.  You are only charged to the level your system needs.  The Air Commander System is better for the environment and better for your wallet.

How long does it take?

In our final step, we run a system performance test. Taking a reading of the duct temperature to ensure your charge is complete.  The entire process takes about 30-45 min. Properly charged R134A levels are critical to the proper circulation and function of your car’s air conditioning unit.  

The 3 R’s of vehicle air conditioning

Just remember the 3 ‘R’s’ when thinking of your car’s cooling system. Everything must be Recovered, Recycled, and Recharged. Our system takes care of every step.  Mother Earth thanks you. 

Call us today. We come right to the house.

Zachary Bernet
Zachary Bernet

ASE Master Technician
ASE Advanced Level Specialist
Master & Diamond Certified Mechanic

(916) 256-5962


65 Vintage Court
Clayton, NC 27520
United States

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