A/C repair drama comes to an end!

A/C repair drama comes to an end!

Postby Lee in Mountain View [OP] » October 17th 2020, 7:16pm

I’m hoping the drama has come to an end!

Anyone who has been following my posts on my A/C repairs, thanks for offering advice, comments, and, questions.

In my last post, I shared that my A/C seemed to be working and “Blowing Cold” 40 degrees. Well after a few weeks I noticed it wasn’t as cold as it had been and the compressor was “short cycling”, so, I knew I still had a leak somewhere, but, it must have been very small. So, once again I started looking for the leak I hadn’t been able to locate to that point.

I went back to all of my original posts, and read all the comments and suggestions that members had posted in response to my inquiries.

Mentioned a couple of times was to thoroughly check the refrigerant lines, specifically the location where the line runs on the left rear of the engine as it goes under the van. Well, guess what! The clamp that holds the line had broken, I had seen that before, but, because of the location of the actual damage to the line, I could not see it, until I committed to checking every inch of every line. So, I replaced the refrigerant line, it’s a big one, did the big 2 hour vacuum to dry the system out and I was able to hold a vacuum with no change on the gauge for an hour. I recharged the system and, “Great Success!”

I want to thank all who commented and helped me with this repair. I greatly appreciate all of your thoughts and your kindness!

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Re: A/C repair drama comes to an end!

Postby Rod's Trucks » October 17th 2020, 7:27pm

Your perseverance paid off! Nice job.
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Re: A/C repair drama comes to an end!

Postby Lee in Mountain View [OP] » October 17th 2020, 7:39pm

Thanks! Well, it was tiring. I just couldn’t give up. I figured if I could locate the darn leak, with the help of this board, I could do the repair. It’s not so easy for this 65 year old man to be crawling around underneath my van anymore! But, as we all will agree, we get a lot of satisfaction out of doing our own repairs!
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Re: A/C repair drama comes to an end!

Postby sixsix » October 18th 2020, 12:22am

That sweet Smell ( and feeling ) of success - just in time for Winter... LOL.
Thanks for the update!!
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Well, after all... what would Banacek say ?... “Everything needs to change except the asshole culture and stupid way of life of the avg. antifa, BLM follower - slobs, cowards, killers w/o any thought that they, IN FACT, are now the Racists.”

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Re: A/C repair drama comes to an end!

Postby N6KB » October 18th 2020, 12:35am

I wish I could get a vacuum that good. I'm using a Pittsburgh made in China pump and the best I've seen from it is -27 psi. Wish I had one of the Edwards or Leybold pumps I used to use at work. Would be nice to have a better vacuum gauge too. Maybe I'll find one surplus somewhere.
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Re: A/C repair drama comes to an end!

Postby Lee in Mountain View [OP] » October 18th 2020, 2:00am

N6KB, I was using a Harbor Freight vacuum pump that I picked up on Craigslist. Seem to work ok.

Sixsix, yeah, just in timer for winter! That made me laugh! FYI, it was in the 90s in Mountain View today!

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