Do you have an expensive leak in your automobile? Well, we know that sometimes fixing the hard part on your car just isn’t an option. If it’s not in your budget or the car is simply not worth it, perhaps a chemical stop leak product is the answer!
A new generation of stop leaks emerging in the marketplace is working hard to shed the old reputation of stop leaks as dangerous “snake oils” that do more harm than good. This includes an oil-based stop leak for mobile air conditioners (A/C) that reacts at the leak point only while lubricating and conditioning the system.
Accompanying the new style of A/C stop leak is a chemical sealant for cooling system leaks that does not use any harmful metallic filings or pellets to plug the leak. These new stop leaks are comparable to hard part repairs in a variety of ways at a fraction of the cost. The products provide permanent repairs for customers who cannot afford an expensive repair cost or for a vehicle in which the owner decides is no longer worth spending a lot of time and money. (For more information on cooling system stop leaks, please visit gobdp.com)
Air conditioning stop leaks have been a long-time enemy of service technicians and their recovery equipment, compressors and orifice tubes. With limited success at actually stopping leaks, early A/C sealers do far more harm than good by crystallizing throughout the system. These stop leaks react to moisture and oxygen at the leak point. The leak is moderately sealed, lasting at best for a few months. The danger of these sealants is that the remaining product continues to react with the moisture in the system. The most common place for moisture in the A/C system is the orifice tubes where condensation is ever present. This causes crystallization of the stop leak in these hoses, which eventually clogs the system. Furthermore, these crystals move into the compressor, causing it to fail within three to six months. Once the vehicle is brought in for service, an unsuspecting technician recovers the system immediately sucking these crystals in, contaminating the machine and rendering a $2,500- $5,000 piece of equipment useless. After reviewing this chronology of events, it is readily apparent how previous stop leaks got such a bad reputation.
The new oil-based stop leaks have a tough road ahead overcoming the negative connotations brought about by existing A/C stop leaks. However, this new era of sealant works in an entirely different fashion. Oil-based stop leaks are activated by pressure and flow velocity at the leak point. The oil acts as a lubricant and is compatible with the PAG or ester oil already present in the A/C system. The stop leak is inert when injected into the system through the low side port. The refrigerant charge activates the molecules in the sealant as it reacts to flow velocity at the leak point only. The result is a flexible yet strong repair.
As long as the A/C system is not losing more than a pound of refrigerant per day, this repair is permanent. Once the leak is sealed, the remaining oil will continue to lubricate the system. Therefore, there is never any crystallization in the orifice tubes, no damaged compressors and, most importantly, if the system is ever recovered, the remaining stop leak is reclaimed with the oil, keeping the recovery machine safe and technicians happy.
Because this type of stop leak is safe for equipment, easy to use and compatible with a variety of refrigerants, its marketability is infinite. Service technicians can use it as preventive maintenance with almost any repair job. The oil will remain as an inert lubricant in the system waiting for a leak to present itself.
The amount of time and money saved repairing minor leaks results in larger profits and easier sales with a working air conditioner. Depending on the vehicle model, replacing a compressor or evaporator can cost anywhere from $600 to $2,000. There are a lot of vehicles on the road that are not worth that much and a lot of people who can’t afford the expensive repair. Repair facilities can develop lasting relationships with customers by helping them save money when the hard part repair is not an option, while still making a profit on the system recovery and new charge. Positive word of mouth will spread, creating new business for the shops offering the oil-based stop leak as a treatment option.
The product takes less than 15 minutes to circulate through the system, sealing any leaks. It’s compatibility with a variety of refrigerants also separates itself from its predecessors. This new type of stop leak is compatible with R-134a, R-12 and R-22, as well as newer environmentally safe refrigerants. This compatibility will open the market beyond the automotive industry into home A/C applications as well. The potential for this new air conditioning stop leak is boundless because of its safety, ease of use and compatibility with a variety of vehicles and equipment. For more information on available “Stop Leak” products, please visit Gobluedevil.com.
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