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Air conditioning/regassing nationwide

  • 20-05-2016 10:21am
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,164 ✭✭✭ Stanford


    I drive a 2007 Toyota Avensis in good condition but I have noticed recently that the air circulating in the car while the Air Con is on is not as cold as it used to be, is it possible that that the Air Con needs to be checked by my local mechanic to restore it to cooling the air more effectively?


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  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Yes, it's possible it needs re-gassing. This is normal.

    Although this can be done DIY most people will probably be using a specialist.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,235 ✭✭✭ pippip




  • Registered Users Posts: 72,608 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm


    Check your pollen filter too, it's behind the glovebox.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,035 ✭✭✭✭ CiniO


    I don't think a need for re-gassing is normal.

    If gas is low or out, it would indicate to me that there must have been a leak, and I wouldn't regas before localizing and fixing the leak.


  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 7,485 ✭✭✭ Red Alert


    Shouldn't need to be re-gassed unless there's a leak. Not sure if automotive air con uses a thermostatic expansion valve - might need adjustment if so.


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  • Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators Posts: 23,374 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Clareman


    Stanford wrote: »
    I drive a 2007 Toyota Avensis in good condition but I have noticed recently that the air circulating in the car while the Air Con is on is not as cold as it used to be, is it possible that that the Air Con needs to be checked by my local mechanic to restore it to cooling the air more effectively?

    I have a 07 Avensis as well and I had exactly the same problems you described last year, during a routine service I ask the mechanic to change the pollen filter and regas it, made it perfect again.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,571 The Sidewards Man


    CiniO wrote: »
    I don't think a need for re-gassing is normal.

    If gas is low or out, it would indicate to me that there must have been a leak, and I wouldn't regas before localizing and fixing the leak.

    An air con specialist should fully check the system first by extracting what is in it, creating a vacuum and pressurising it as far as I know. Then fill system.
    I got an air con done by a main dealer and all he did was horse gas into system, never did tests.
    A system will not work as it is if the air con isn't used regularly, contrary to what some think air con is not only for summer hot days.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,538 ✭✭✭ Leonard Hofstadter


    I'd be doing the pollen filter before looking at anything else if I were you OP.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,600 jca


    CiniO wrote: »
    I don't think a need for re-gassing is normal.

    If gas is low or out, it would indicate to me that there must have been a leak, and I wouldn't regas before localizing and fixing the leak.

    The car is 9 years old and a certain amount of gas is lost from the system over the years, especially on cars where the aircon is only used occasionaly. The main area of loss is the shaft seal on the compressor. I'd definitely try re-gassing if the pressure was low but not empty(nothing showing on the gauge). If the pressure is zero bring the car to an aircon specialist.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,164 ✭✭✭ Stanford


    Many thanks all, got it checked and re-gassed at this garage in Limerick, €80 and takes about 30 mins, great service and cold air restored

    http://www.rapidautocare.ie/aircon.htm


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  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Sound, thanks for updating us.
    Before long we will have many similar threads once people start using their aircons.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,973 ✭✭✭ Sh1tbag OToole


    Stanford wrote: »
    Many thanks all, got it checked and re-gassed at this garage in Limerick, €80 and takes about 30 mins, great service and cold air restored

    http://www.rapidautocare.ie/aircon.htm

    Is there any crowd in Cork that will do this?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,874 ✭✭✭ Foxhole Norman


    Is there any crowd in Cork that will do this?

    I got mine done in FastFit Togher in May last year, still perfect and freezing! €60 too :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,735 ✭✭✭ kleefarr


    My Aircon exploded due to the dreaded CRV AC issue.
    Unfortunately was just out of the extended warranty period as well.
    :mad:


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,035 ✭✭✭✭ CiniO


    kleefarr wrote: »
    My Aircon exploded due to the dreaded CRV AC issue.
    Unfortunately was just out of the extended warranty period as well.
    :mad:

    How did it explode?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,735 ✭✭✭ kleefarr


    The air compressor blew up. Apparently a common fault on 02-08 CRVs.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    The CRV AC issue is actually rather implosion, not explosion. The internals shatter inside the system and blocks the compressor.
    There is a recall for it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,735 ✭✭✭ kleefarr


    biko wrote: »
    The CRV AC issue is actually rather implosion, not explosion. The internals shatter inside the system and blocks the compressor.
    There is a recall for it.

    Yeah and with the extension I was just out. 07 160k


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,035 ✭✭✭✭ CiniO


    biko wrote: »
    The CRV AC issue is actually rather implosion, not explosion. The internals shatter inside the system and blocks the compressor.
    There is a recall for it.

    I had a problem with A/C compressor on Civic as well.
    But it was problem with a clutch which failed to engage completely at some stage, so compressor was not working at all.
    It's a known issue, and took me an hour to fix.
    It was enough to take clutch apart and fit thinner shim to compensate for clutch wear.
    Works perfect since.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,265 ✭✭✭ kirving


    Can anyone recommend a place in Dublin for a full air con clean and recharge?

    I got a top up a few months ago when Halfords had a deal on, which worked for a while but now the air con isn't as effective as it once was. I understand that there may be an abnormal leak, but also that the refrigerant will 1) degrade over time and 2) leak out through seals etc.

    South/West Dublin would be preferable, but willing to travel further.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 71,904 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn


    Can anyone recommend a place in Dublin for a full air con clean and recharge?

    I got a top up a few months ago when Halfords had a deal on, which worked for a while but now the air con isn't as effective as it once was. I understand that there may be an abnormal leak, but also that the refrigerant will 1) degrade over time and 2) leak out through seals etc.

    South/West Dublin would be preferable, but willing to travel further.

    €45 from this guy in Parkwest, www.autoaircon.ie

    Loads of recommendations in this thread...
    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2057469494


  • Registered Users Posts: 237 ✭✭ ShanE90


    Refrigerant (R-134a) doesn't degrade over time, technically the system charge should last for the lifetime of the vehicle if the system is used daily to keep the compressor shaft seal lubricated with oil.

    If your getting a job done on the ac it's best practice to recover the remaining charge, pressure test the system with oxygen free nitrogen, check for leaks (most probable place is the condenser -from stones) with bubble up spray, then the system needs to be vacuumed, a good vacuum of below 200microns will eliminate any moisture in the system. R134a can then be weighed back into the system the average charge is around 600g.

    A temp of 5degC should be achievable from the supply air off the center vents, this would indicate a system in good working order.

    It's best then to use the ac all year round to prevent any refrigerant leakage around the compressor shaft seal.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,265 ✭✭✭ kirving


    Brilliant, thanks for that!


  • Registered Users Posts: 647 ✭✭✭ corcaigh1


    So its that time of the year again folks, sunny hot days!

    Anybody have a recommendation for air con in cork city that can regas the air conditioning in my car?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,346 ✭✭✭ mikeecho


    corcaigh1 wrote: »
    So its that time of the year again folks, sunny hot days!

    Anybody have a recommendation for air con in cork city that can regas the air conditioning in my car?

    Looked into this last week for mrs echos car

    Made a few phone calls, this is what I was told.


    Quikfit €99
    Fastfit €60
    OZone €49 / €69

    http://www.ozone-cork.com/services.html

    I still haven't fully checked every place that does A/C.

    If anyone knows of a good place with a good price, let me know


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Added to existing thread

    Also keep an eye on this Bargain Alerts thread for deals on regas
    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2057469494


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,087 ✭✭✭ sean1141


    Folks what's a rough price of of getting air conditioning checked over and re gassed?

    I don't think mine is as cool as it should be/possibly not working at all.

    Can anyone recommend anyone in the laois area that will do this work?
    I'm guessing main dealer would charge a small fortune.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,161 ✭✭✭ Buffman


    There is a thread over in Bargain Alerts where people recommended a guy for 45.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,087 ✭✭✭ sean1141


    Bit far but thanks anyway


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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 30,972 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo


    €50ish here in a few garages in Dublin 11.


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