Automotive AC History

January 10, 2023

Automotive AC History


Automotive AC history — Karl Benz was the first man to invent the car. He made the first in Germany and France. The Motorwagen was a big hit Karl a lot of money. So much so that he could start his own automotive company!

Karl Benz lives to be 84 years old. He died on April 4, 1929. But his legacy continued. His colleagues continued his work and made many more cars!


For the first 50 years, cars were driven without air cooling. The first car was invented in 1886. But, vehicles with air conditioning were not developed until October 7, 1935.

In Buffalo, New York, the first automotive air conditioning was invented. Two brothers created it. Those two brothers were James and William Packard.

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Two brothers, one day, decided that their car was too hot to drive where they lived. They had a thought. “What if we could build something to cool our car down in the summer?” And that’s precisely what they did. The 1940 Packard was the first car to have a fully functioning ac system.

James Packard and William Packard decided to have a little kick to their new automotive design. To have ac. Little did James and William know they would be changing automotive history forever.

The two-door sedan version of the 1940 Packard was sold for 1,135 dollars (in its time). The four-door 1940 Packard was sold for $ 1,170. The eight-passenger model was sold for $ 1,400. The ac cooled convertible was sold for $ 1,570.

The wise inventors of the first ac cooled the car were James Ward Packard and his brother, William Dowd Packard. William died in 1909. James died in 1928.

automotive ac history
The history of automotive ac


In 1987, specialists realized that R12 refrigerant is harmful to the ozone layer. At the time, R12 refrigerant was the main, if not only, refrigerant being used.  By 1994, cars were not allowed to run on R12 refrigerant. It was law because of how harmful it was to the environment. So instead, they were on R-134a refrigerant. In 2022 there is talk of making another less harmful entire refrigerant. Although they haven’t yet made it, there is hope for this idea to come to life!


Pontiac and Nash were one of the first car companies to fit the whole ac system in the front of the car. Before, people used to drive around with their ac systems in the trunk of their vehicles.
Nash was the first to combine its ac heating system into an under hood. They also have the first dash design! They accomplished this in 1954.
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AC begins to take over the world! By 1969, over 50% of Americans have ac in their cars. It became so popular that by 1970 DIY auto ac kits were sold to the public. Many automotive companies made these kits.


Tedious Repairs has been fixing ACs for over 15 years. They offer AC repair for all makes and models! Since 2007 Tedious Repairs has been offering the Chico community the high-quality automotive services they need.

Here at Tedious Repairs, we offer everything AC repair-related that you may need. Here are some of the services we provide for ac repair: Expansion valves, compressors, condensers, pressure switches, AC controls, AC recharges, AC flushes, and much more!
Buddy Rausch
Buddy Rausch

Buddy started his auto career journey at Butte College and started his own auto repair company in 2007. Since then he has worked on countless cars, diagnosing, repairing, and replacing worn, faulty, and broken parts.

After a few years, he moved to a bigger shop to accommodate his growth and to better serve the Chico, CA community. It’s a family-owned & operated business.

Outside of work Buddy enjoys spending time with his family and playing softball is one of his many passions.

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