The air conditioner is blowing hot and the guy on the phone at the repair shop didn’t rush to schedule me like usual – I had to ask for it – so I suspected he wasn’t telling me something.
Google said it: I probably just need more refrigerant and I can do it myself.
I canceled the shop appointment and bought the supplies. It took three weeks to build up the courage to try.
This video gave me the courage…
I must confess, I love the video guy’s careful delivery and his pointing at everything. Thank you, man!
Things the video didn’t teach me:
- Push REALLY hard when you attach to the low port. I kept trying to connect and it was hissing so I thought I was in, but it wasn’t grabbing. I visited a car shop, confirmed I had the correct hose, jammed it hard (past the point of hissing) and then it fit snug.
- The can will get really cold as you agitate it. Condensation and all.
- The instructions said to rotate from 12-o’clock to 3 o’clock and I assumed that meant parallel to the ground. With some experimenting, I think they meant perpendicular.
- I expected it to take a while and it really did! I agitated for 30 mins, until the can got really warm and felt empty.
- The entire can moved the dial only 10 PSI. I was barely in the “good” range when I ran out, but the air was blowing cold when I turned the car off. So 10 PSI worked!