Do you know if your car has an AC gas? It’s a question we get a lot here at ACME Auto Repair and the answer may surprise you.
Most people believe that their car’s air conditioner uses Freon which is a trade name for a family of haloalkane refrigerants that includes chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Freon is used in air conditioners refrigerators and aerosol cans.
While it’s true that most car air conditioners use one of the Freon family of refrigerants it’s not the only gas used in car AC systems. In fact some carmakers use a gas called R-134a which is also known as Tetrafluoroethane (TFE).
R-134a is a fluorocarbon that doesn’t damage the ozone layer so it’s considered more environmentally friendly than the Freon gases. R-134a is also used in aerosol cans and as a propellant in aerosol sprays.
If you’re not sure what gas is in your car’s AC system the best way to find out is to check your car’s owner’s manual. The manual should list the type of refrigerant that’s recommended for your car.
If you need to have your car’s AC system serviced it’s important to use a technician who is certified to work with the type of refrigerant in your car. If your car uses R-134a and the technician uses Freon it could damage your AC system.
There’s no need to be concerned about the type of gas in your car’s AC system as long as you use the right type of refrigerant when having your AC system serviced.
What is the main component of natural gas?
Answer 1: Methane
Where does natural gas come from?
Answer 2: It is a fossil fuel that is found trapped in underground reservoirs
How is natural gas used?
Answer 3: It is used for heating cooking generating electricity and as a fuel for vehicles
What are the benefits of using natural gas?
Answer 4: It is cleaner than other fossil fuels it is relatively inexpensive and it is abundant in supply
Are there any drawbacks to using natural gas?
Answer 5: Natural gas can be difficult to transport and it is a non-renewable resource
How is natural gas extracted?
Answer 6: Natural gas is extracted through the process of fracking
What is fracking?
Answer 7: Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth and injecting water and chemicals into the rock to release the gas
What are the environmental concerns with fracking?
Answer 8: Fracking can contaminate water supplies and release methane gas into the atmosphere
Is natural gas still being used despite the environmental concerns?
Answer 9: Yes natural gas is still being used although there is a push for renewable energy sources
What is the most common type of vehicle that runs on natural gas?
Answer 10: Buses
Do all vehicles that use natural gas require a special fuel tank?
Answer 11: No some vehicles can run on either natural gas or gasoline
How much does it cost to convert a car to run on natural gas?
Answer 12: It can cost between $2000 and $4000 to convert a car to run on natural gas
How much does it cost to fill up a car with natural gas?
Answer 13: It costs about $1.
50 to $2.
00 per gallon to fill up a car with natural gas
How far can you travel on a tank of natural gas?
Answer 14: You can travel between 100 and 150 miles on a tank of natural gas
Are there any tax incentives for driving a natural gas car?
Answer 15: Yes there are tax incentives for driving a natural gas car in some states