Summer is here ladies and gentlemen, and nothing feels better on a hot day than sliding into your car and cranking your air conditioning all the way until you can see your own breath. This sweet relief is one of the finer things in life. But some aren’t so lucky to enjoy this pleasure. If your car is past a certain age and your A/C stopped blowing cold air sometime around the Clinton administration, then it’s time to recharge your car A/C system and reclaim your constitutional right to enjoy a cooled off car interior.
In day’s past, recharging a car’s A/C system meant heading into a specialty shop, reading 3 year old car magazines while they did their thing, and forking over a hundred dollars or more for the privilege. The shops were always sketchy and the technicians were all called Teddy for some reason. It always felt like you were lucky to leave with both your kidneys still in your body.
Thankfully these dark days are behind us and you can simply pick up a can of A/C Pro Recharge at your local auto parts store and recharge your system yourself in a few minutes. I don’t know what the Teddy’s of the world are doing now (back alley iPhone repair?), but the mystery of recharging an A/C system is long gone and the whole process is remarkably easy.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the step-by-step guide to recharging your car’s A/C system:
- Start your car and turn your A/C system to MAX. Crank it right up there.
- Make sure your A/C compressor is on and functioning normally. I.e. is it spinning?
- Locate the “service port” for your A/C system. It’s normally a light blue or green cap jutting off a silver aluminum pipe. If you can’t find it, try this online Port Finder
- Attach the hose of your A/C Pro Recharge to this service port. Now you’re cooking.
- Check the existing pressure of your system on the can’s dial. If you haven’t been getting any cool air, it’s likely going to be low.
- Shake the can of A/C Pro Recharge and charge your system by pulling the trigger until the gauge reads green. Congrats, you’ve got refrigerant again!
- If there’s anything left in the can, save it by keeping the hose top attached and storing it in a cool, dry place. Not next to your furnace then.
- Finally, enjoy fresh cool air in your whip while your cruise away your summer days.
No more strange back-alley garages and no more old magazines, just cold air and a free afternoon to enjoy. A/C Pro came along and made your life easier, and cooler (get it?). This is such an easy fix now that there’s no reason not to tackle it yourself and be done with it in no time. Your stained shirts and sweaty steering wheel will thank you. That is, of course, unless you enjoy getting around town in a mobile sauna…