Overcharged Car AC – It’s Okay!
If having overcharged car ac is causing your vehicle to not cool you down, we have a easy fix for ya. You’re going to need a shop to help you.
Overcharged car ac systems can actually lead to coolant line failure if left not handled. You WILL need to take your vehicle to a local shop to get it fixed though.
Recharging your cars air conditioning isn’t a difficult task. It is however completely dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. The refrigerant inside the canisters can cause some serious damage if inhaled, ingested, and even if it just touches skin.
There are a ton of different laws in effect to prevent people from tampering with their ac systems. The chemicals inside need to be recycled correctly and that’s why it’s best to take it to a shop.
However if you are going to recharge your ac yourself, make sure you have protective gear on. We would recommend being safe and using gloves/eye wear whenever servicing your ac systems.
Take your time and be safe during the process and it goes in as smooth as can be.
One of the biggest reasons why you will need a shop for this concern is due to recycling. The chemicals that are released into the air are definitely toxic and harmful.
Laws are in place all over to ensure we keep a clean environment as well. You can actually get hit with a pretty intense fine/ticket if someone reports you. An officer or official could also seeing you releasing these toxins in the air which can lead to more problems.
Most of the shops actually have specific tools and containers for handling these chemicals.
When your ac actually needs to be recharged and you overfill it, it needs to be sucked out into a specific tank. Most of the time professional shops are the only ones who have access to these. Not to mention the amount of pressure that is behind those lines.
Definitely not something you want to be poking around with if you don’t know what you are doing.
Overcharged Car AC – Prevention!
Obviously the best point of prevention is to make sure you know how much your vehicle can hold. Most of the local auto suppliers should be able to tell you how much you will need though this will vary.
One thing local auto parts stores CANNOT do however is install the refrigerant for you due to legal purposes.
If at any point in time you ever question yourself about messing with the stuff, it’s probably better that you didn’t. A shop is actually going to be to install it to the correct point without having to worry about it.
You may however still purchase a recharge kit at a local store and then have it professionally installed as well.
Signs And Symptoms!
Overcharged car ac can lead to some pretty serious repairs down the road if left alone. The first symptom is going to pretty obvious, your ac might be weak or not work at all. The coolant inside of the recharge kits needs to travel through lines through the ac compressor and condenser.
The ac compressor has a simple job. It moves the refrigerant around smoothly which helps remove heat. After which it will pass through some coils and effectively keep the refrigerant at the correct operating temperatures.
When it’s overfilled this makes the travel of the refrigerant much more difficult. The result ends up being no cooling or very little inside the cabin of your vehicle.
Additionally this can actually cause your whole ac system to fail as it can also damage the ac condenser. While this is uncommon it does happen.
The condenser takes the refrigerant in it’s gas form and pulls the heat away from it. What this ends up doing is turns it back into a liquid and sends it to the evaporator. Once the evaporator has the liquid it evaporates and gets turned into cold air.
From here you typically flip the switch on and you normally get incredibly cold air inside the cabin. All of these components are vital when it comes to keeping you cool inside of your car. It’s definitely nothing you want to be messing with if you don’t know what you are doing.
So realistically you only have 2 symptoms that typically appear, either poor cooling, or no cooling at all. The symptoms will increase depending on how much it was overfilled OR it depends on what unit/part is actually failing.
What Can You Do?
As stated earlier, the only real thing you can do is take it to a local shop. A couple of phone calls typically will yield you with a ton of different shops all eligible to perform the repair. When calling your local repair shop just inform them that you overcharged your car ac.
Once you tell them this they can either tell you they can service it cause they have the tools, or they cannot and will typically send you along to a reputable place that can.
Please don’t risk servicing components like this yourself if you do not know what you are doing.
That pretty much wraps it up though! Hopefully we have been able to answer all of your questions. Don’t forget to check out our other related auto repairs. Good luck out there DIYer’s.