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$64 A/C conversion?!
Posted 06 June 2005 - 05:35 PM
Since my air conditioning quit 9 months ago, I also asked him to check the pressure in the A/C system. I had been having some trouble with the A/C thermostat control, and figured there was just a chance that the control was at fault and I still had pressure in my system. If in fact there was no pressure, I planned to just abandon the A/C -- I had gotten quotes from both a Subie dealer and another independent shop for approximately $400 to convert my A/C to R134a and recharge, and I didn't want to put that kind of money into the car.
So, the mechanic called me up this afternoon to tell me that all the work was done. I asked about the A/C test, and he said that the pressure in the A/C had been very low so he had converted it to R134 and it was now blowing freezing cold air. I asked how much the conversion cost, and he told me $64! Is this too good to be true? Is there anything I should ask him regarding the specifics of what he did? If in fact the A/C is now blowing cold can I assume that everything is in fact OK, or are there various problems that might develop in the future?
(still sort of stunned)
'90 Legacy wagon auto AWD 158,000 miles
Posted 06 June 2005 - 05:46 PM
just my .02
Posted 06 June 2005 - 07:21 PM
Posted 06 June 2005 - 07:25 PM
Posted 07 June 2005 - 01:32 AM
He probably saw the system was flat and inserted R134. Sound like he charged you a half an hours labor and two bottle of R134. When we have a flat R134 system at our shop, the evacuate, check for leaks, and refill system is 1 hour plus freon, more if we put dye in the system. Basically $78-81. R134 conversions start at $130, and go up depending if customer wants a reciever dryer and orings replaced.
You defiantely got what you paid for, but is the car worth putting tons of money into the A/C?, maybe he saw other repair items that he thought you could better use your money on, or better to save your money for future repairs.
I can't knock him for a different style, and trying to save you some money on a 15 year old car.
Posted 07 June 2005 - 05:19 AM
Posted 07 June 2005 - 07:39 PM
I ran the system on the way home (about a 10 minute drive), and the A/C quickly started blowing cold air -- maybe not freezing cold, but certainly cold enough. Furthermore, there was none of the erratic on/off cycling of the compressor which I was suffering from last fall before the A/C finally quit all together. So far, I'm very happy! (Now, if only the mechanic had replaced the correct donut in the exhaust -- I asked him to switch out the front gasket, instead he switched out the rear one, so I've still got the exhaust leak. He told me to bring back the car later in the week and he'd get the gasket and install it for free...)
Posted 07 June 2005 - 08:24 PM
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