How To Recharge Your A/C

July 26, 2019 11:37 am Published by

Estimated time: 30 minutes

Cost: $20-50

Required Tools: Pliers, safety glasses, and an A/C recharge kit

With summer finally here, the temperatures are on the rise and the sun is out. If you have a faulty air conditioning system, the summer heat can leave you feeling exhausted before you ever leave your driveway. Luckily, repairing your A/C doesn’t require decades of automotive repair experience, the whole project can take as little as 30 minutes. If you are looking to pick up all the tools and supplies you need to recharge your A/C system, come into your local U Pull & Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get all the parts and tips you need for any DIY repair jobs you may have this summer.

  1. Find The A/C Recharge Port

You first need to locate your A/C charging port. Your AC tubing has two different sizes, one is thicker, and is the low-pressure tubing, and one is smaller, which is the high-pressure tubing. You want to find the port on the thicker low-pressure tubing, that is your A/C recharging port.

  1. Connect The Gauge Hose

Once you’ve located your recharge port, remove the caps on both the connector for your A/C recharge kit and the A/C recharge port in your car. Support your A/C tubing in your hand and apply pressure to the back of the connector with your thumb until the two pieces fit together snugly.

  1. Check The Compressor Clutch & Add Refrigerant

You can easily locate your compressor clutch by examining the center of the A/C compressor. Once you have located the compressor clutch, check to see if it is spinning or if it is stationary. If it isn’t spinning, add a half of a can of refrigerant to the system. If it then begins spinning, add refrigerant until you reach your car’s recommended refrigerant pressure. All you need to do to add refrigerant is to hold the can upright and open the valve or squeeze the trigger on your A/C recharge kit. Most A/C recharge kits have a built-in gauge that will allow you to easily check on the pressure of the refrigerant that you are adding. Once you have added enough refrigerant to your system, disconnect the A/C recharge kit and reinstall the port cap.

Recharging your A/C is a project that you can easily take on yourself to help save a few bucks this year. With just a few simple tools you probably already have lying around in your garage and a basic A/C recharge kit, this project should only take you about 30 minutes. No matter how inexperienced you may be with car care, you can easily handle this quick DIY project. Whatever DIY project you are looking to take on this year, you can get all the parts you need at unbeatable prices right here at U Pull & Pay. Take the guesswork out of the equation by asking one of our auto experts for tips on your next DIY project.

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This post was written by Jonathan Kling