Replacing an air-conditioner can cost more than a few hundred dollars, depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Air-conditioning components have been replaced in recent years, most importantly in terms of refrigerants. The old R-12 refrigerant was swapped out with the R-14 in 1994. This means, if a vehicle was made before 1994, the refrigerant fluid used in the air-conditioning system is of the R-12 variety. New refrigerant, oil, a cleaning, and components may all be required, if damage is present.
WHY GET AN AIR CONDITIONER REPLACED OR REPAIRED?
Is all this worth it? Think of that summer day when the air-conditioner goes out, hot air blows in your face, and you realize what a gift we have taken for granted – the comfort of cool air. Air conditioners make our rides in our vehicles enjoyable. Repairing the parts that make this possible is a worth-while investment!
When repairing an air-conditioner, especially in an older vehicle, it is important to avoid the mixing of refrigerants. R-12 and R-134a are not interchangeable, and a full flush should be completed of the system before the new fluid is added. Leaks of refrigerants are also to be avoided. Refrigerants are bad for air quality and climate change, thus ultimately bad for our planet. You should also watch out for substitutes of these refrigerants made of substances like propane, butane, and flammable hydrocarbons are also to be steered clear of.
Air conditioner repair or replacement can be done right and safely by following these helpful hints.