Air Conditioner Recharging


One of the main reasons why your air conditioning is probably not working is that the compressor is low on the refrigerant. But did you know that it is not until the refrigerant is 40% down from its actual requirement does the air conditioner start showing signs? To ensure this does not happen, there are many kits that you can use to detect any leakage in time. Here is an easy way that quickly recharges air compressor to have you on the road in no time.

How To Recharge Your A/C Compressor

Step 1: Before you begin, always ensure that you are wearing protective gear, in this case, gloves and safety glasses. Another precautionary measure that you need to take is to check the air temperature. Only go ahead with the recharging if it is above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Now that you have checked everything necessary, use a recovery machine that you will be able to find at a repair shop to vacuum out the existing refrigerant.

Step 3: Look for the low side service port which also is mentioned in the manual of the refrigerant you get. Once you have found that, clean the outer part properly before opening it.

Step 4: Open the cap of the lower service port and attach the charger to it. It should readily fit; if it doesn't, chances are that you are using the wrong port.

Step 5: Unfold the refrigerant manual and follow it to transfer the refrigerant into the compressor. Before doing that, do consult the air temperature guide provided that will show the optimal pressure for different temperatures. While recharging, keep your eye on the pressure reading.

Step 6: After the compressor has been recharged, put the cap back on the service port and store the leftover refrigerant properly

Recharging Or Topping Up?

Remember there are two ways of going about it. You can either top up the compressor or completely vacuum it out and refill from scratch. Topping up of course is the faster option, that finishes within minutes. Recharging on the other hand requires more precision and time. Moreover, it also cleans the compressor in case of any impurity that might have leaked in and mixed into the refrigerant. Topping up can also be dangerous in terms of the amount of refrigerant charged since there is no way to determine the existing amount. With recharging however, you are sure of the capacity and thereby, the amount released into the compressor.

To choose either, there are certain factors that you need to consider, for instance, how much faster for work do you need it? Based on that, go for the option that suits you best.

There are many professionals who will carry out this service for you for minimal charges. Therefore, in case you do not have the time or are not much of a mechanic, you can call in for professional help.

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