Improved air conditioning revenue generation for workshops


Nearly 90% of cars in the UK now have A/C, but only 56% of independent garages have an A/C servicing machine. Those investing in the right training and equipment are making very healthy profits says Bosch.

Bosch’s new Andiamo machines boast a 99% refrigerant recovery rate. They are more environmentally friendly and also deliver cost-saving benefits. Based on a 7-year lifespan and 5 services per week for 50 weeks a year, the machine can save a workshop in the region of 9 bottles of R1234YF. This equates to a return on an investment of £3,220 for R1234YF or £1,225 for R134A. Free database updates are offered over the product’s lifetime.

The new ACS 863, ACS 763 and ACS 753 units all feature a swivelling control panel, are compatible with hybrid and electric vehicles, and have the deep recovery function for full evacuation of the vehicle A/C system. The ACS 863, ACS 763 and ACS 753 feature an integrated leak test for inert gas and can be controlled remotely via the Bosch smartphone app.

Bosch also offers A/C training courses:

Air Refrigerant Gas Handling (AC1RHA) and Conditioning Systems Diagnosis (VSB26). AC1RHA: Automotive Air Conditioning Refrigerant Handling Certification (L3 QCF)

This one-day course provides the necessary DEFRA Approved qualification, upon passing the online test and practical assessment, included in the training. RRP is £234.50 incl. IMI Registration and Certification.

Course content:

• Essential Training to cover current legislation and procedures • Candidates who pass the online and practical assessments will be certified by IMI Awards for an unlimited period.

VSB26- Automotive Air Conditioning Systems Diagnosis

This course provides the candidate with the perfect overview of Air Conditioning systems from a technical and diagnostic perspective. RRP is £399.

Course content:

• Introduction to air conditioning • Refrigeration systems TXV and FOT • Air conditioning system components • Service equipment and procedures • Safe handling of refrigerant and environmental concerns • Mandatory legislation, health and safety procedures.

Please note: Air conditioning technician assessment for certification is conducted separately from this course and is granted to candidates who successfully complete the Bosch assessments AC1RHA or ATA Refrigerant Handler.

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