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Hi all,

I recently took my car for its annual service at a Honda Dealer. Whilst carrying out the service they recommended an air conditioning recharge, which I agreed to. Before this point I had never had any issues with the air conditioning in 3 years. After the service I didn’t use the air conditioning for about a month, until on a hot day when I turned it on and it was now no longer blowing out cold air. I took it back to the dealer who said there was no gas in it although they couldn’t see any leaks. They re-gassed it adding extra dye this time. For the next 2-3 weeks it was working fine, nice and cold. After about a month it stopped blowing out cold air again. Returning to the dealer they checked it over, saying the condenser had become porous and leaking gas. Is this the only possible reason for it not working, considering the above?

To replace the condenser I was quoted £600 fitted for a Honda one, or £450 fitted for a non-Honda one. However they said the non-Honda one may not fit, they may have to squeeze it in!! I’m quite reluctant to replace it considering I don’t use it a vast amount. However I was advised to do it soon otherwise the compressor may go too. Is this a typical price to pay? Does anyone know of a cheaper option in the Hampshire/Surrey area?

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I had a similar problem a few weeks ago, no cold air so called a mobile AC I use and he diagnosed condenser gone with no visible signs of leaks. He quoted me £280 all in but I just got him to regas the system, he also put extra dye in to see how long it lasts. Still going strong at the moment.
 

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Odd that several of us have the issue.

Had mine regas'd a couple of months ago but the air is no longer cold. Was regas'd a year ago too so summat ain't right.

The compressor, relay and fans all work.

Regas contained a die but I can't see the air con rad behind my bloomin' FMIC. So it's a bumper off job to look for leaks
 

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Had mine done last year after similar symptoms. After a re-gas it was cold, then it'd stop working again.
Garage said it was the pipework on the condenser had corroded and that's where the gas was escaping. Condenser replaced, it's been fine since.
 

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Definitely go to a specialist, they use some more advanced technic to locate the leak than "green spots under UV light", they fill the system and use some kind of "sniffing" tool to locate the leak.

I had leak from my condenser, you could see it had taken quite some damage by stone chips, it was missing some small bits here and there, and therefore it leaked, never mind, they thought this was the problem, but it was a leak on one of the pipes on the condenser. No problem after changing for a new condenser. But had it inspected and regassed 3 times before at a local garage on a periode of 2 years with no fix in the problem, so definitely take it to a AC specialist, they found the problem in under half a hour.

I purchased a cheap aftermarked condenser on ebay for my car, it was a perfect fit, and it look and operate the same, so look for some aftermarked ones, just check the measurement is correct.

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After the service I didn’t use the air conditioning for about a month, until on a hot day when I turned it on and it was now no longer blowing out cold air.the above?
What do you mean by you did not use it? It is never a good ide to have the AC turned off, you should always leave it on auto or on for longevity and operation.
 

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I think mine has this issue as well. I'm not that bothered seeing as it'd get maybe 7 days of use a year... but still. Anyone who's had it fixed, what did it cost? Or if just regassed and leaky, how long until needing done again?
 

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OEM condenser was 410£, but I found the aftermarked one for 120£, than I paid 140 for regass (standard price in Norway ,because of the environmental unfriendly gas) and another 150 for labor, total of 410£ , this was of course in Norway, so I expect your prices to be a bit under as always... sneaky tea drinkers:hahaha:.

If you do not fix it you are properly begging for a AC compressor failure, could hurt you when you are going to sell the car, it would cost alot more than a condenser shift, but again guys, it takes you maybe 1 hours and 10 bucks to take it to a specialist to get the problem sorted out, than you can decide if it is worth the fixing or not.

EDIT: maus: Or if just regassed and leaky, how long until needing done again?
I had gas in the system for the summer, and in the winter i didn't even notice the gas was out again, since the car blew cold air anyway, but by the time spring was here the car blew no cold air, so I would guess everything between a couple of weeks to maybe half a year before you have to regass again if there is a leak, very unfriendly for the environment and very costly do be doing over and over.
 

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Had similar issue with our Astra.....Halfords did a service and it leaked out, when our local garage did a service they found the condenser was leaking and without a repair they had to suck all the gas back out leaving it empty, I think it was about a £500 repair.
 

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Has anyone had their condenser repaired?

Which then begs the question, is their anyone who can pressure test and repair condensers?
 

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Cant really see any good reason to repair it if you can find a cheap aftermarked one, you still have to pay for labor, recharge and maybe some parts, and in the end you sit with the same old condenser at a high? cost.
 

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Would it be a high cost? Radiators can be re-cored cheaply, so I don't see why the can't pipework be repaired.

Cheap replacements are often just that, cheap.

Though you would have to consider the overall condition of the unit to be repaired. To decide if it was worth the effort/cost.
 

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Not really, many of the aftermarked ones are even made at the same fabric, and many of the modern parts like this are made to be replaced and not repaired, but first of all, go to the AC specialist? It is a small fee for a professional opinion, the "sniffer" can even detect slow microscopic leaks.

Maybe it could be repaired, but if the price was cheaper but only a little, I would definitely go for a new one either way, but that is just me, at least when we talk about such low amounts.
 

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Yeah, replacing my relay was my first job when I got the car. Simples.

During a recent regas, the tests confirmed the compressor was kicking in and it got really cold. It's barely cool now, a couple of months later.

Thanks for the reminder tho.
 

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I changed mine relay after getting my new condenser just to be safe, the old worked perfect, but it is worth the upgrade to be safe of the compressor not working itself out.
 

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Thanks for your replies.

Does anyone have experience with mobile A/C specialists? Are they able to remove the front bumper, replace condenser etc. without taking it to a garage? Or is best to take it to a A/C Specialist garage?

Considering Honda has told me I need a new condenser due to a leak, can it really be the relay?:confused: Could having it regassed "incorrectly" cause a condenser to fail?

I use my A/C quite alot in the summer. However during the colder months I only switch it on once or twice a month to keep it active. I always believed it would use too much fuel!? How does the auto function work? Does it only kick in when it's needed?
 

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Mines just done this today how hard is it to change the relay and where can i get one from? Think i might try this first with a re gas.

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Thanks for your replies.

Does anyone have experience with mobile A/C specialists? Are they able to remove the front bumper, replace condenser etc. without taking it to a garage? Or is best to take it to a A/C Specialist garage?

Considering Honda has told me I need a new condenser due to a leak, can it really be the relay?:confused: Could having it regassed "incorrectly" cause a condenser to fail?

I use my A/C quite alot in the summer. However during the colder months I only switch it on once or twice a month to keep it active. I always believed it would use too much fuel!? How does the auto function work? Does it only kick in when it's needed?
The mobile I use and quoted me £280 was to drop the bumper etc remove old condenser and fit new and would be done on my drive. £24 for a new relay could be worth a try mate...
I mostly have mine set to auto it kicks in when required to keep whatever temperature you have set..
 
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