Honeywell announced that its new Solstice® yf UV — a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) refrigerant incorporating ultraviolet (UV) dye for leak detection support in automobile air conditioning systems — is now available at all participating NAPA Auto Parts stores across the United States. This is the first time Solstice yf (R-1234yf) refrigerant with UV dye will be available in the aftermarket.
The automotive service industry has traditionally used UV dye as a valuable tool to identify and repair air conditioning system leaks. With UV dye incorporated in Solstice yf, the solution provides precise leak detection, shortened service times, accurate repair verification and eliminates call-backs, increasing customer satisfaction. Solstice yf UV uses the same UV dye that car makers use on assembly lines and will allow service technicians to save time and money when servicing vehicles that were built with R-1234yf.
By the end of 2022, R-1234yf refrigerant will be used in almost 200 million cars on the road globally and in more than 95% of all new vehicles sold in the United States. By 2025, it is estimated that more than 100 million cars using R-1234yf will be on the roads in the United States, significantly expanding R-1234yf servicing opportunities for automotive shops.
“At NAPA Auto Parts, we are always looking for opportunities to carry new and innovative tools that help our customers repair vehicles faster and with ease. Honeywell’s Solstice yf UV is exactly that type of product, and it has the benefit of being better for the environment,” said Mike Pettyjohn, senior category manager for NAPA Auto Parts.
Honeywell’s Solstice yf UV is manufactured in the United States and is commercially available at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores in 8-ounce cans as well as in 10- and 25-pound cylinders.
Honeywell has invested a billion dollars in research, development and new capacity for its Solstice technology.