How can I check my car’s AC gas?

My car’s AC has been acting weird. It’s been a long time since it received any service. I don’t want to make a trip to the mechanic. What’s the best way to check my car’s AC gas myself?

Answer
If you’re not interested in bringing your car in to see a mechanic, it’s possible to check your car’s AC gas from home with the help of a recharge kit. You can buy these at your local auto shop. A recharge kit will help you check your refrigerant levels and recharge your AC.
To get started:
  1. Open your hood and find the low-pressure service port.
  2. Follow the kit’s directions for installation and make sure that the gauge is visible.
  3. Turn on your car and the AC. Put your AC on the strongest and coldest setting and activate the recirculation setting if you have one. If you aren’t sure, it will have an icon of a car and a rotating arrow.
  4. With your recharge kit attached, you should be able to look at the gauge and see how much refrigerant is in your system. If the gauge is in the red zone, there is too much refrigerant. At this point, you’ll need the help of a professional. If your gauge indicates low or no refrigerant levels, you can recharge it yourself using your kit.
Now that you have successfully checked your car’s AC gas, you can move on to your next step, whether it’s recharging it yourself or taking it in to see a technician. Whatever you decide to do, take a moment and check out the Jerry app to start saving money on your car insurance.
Once you download Jerry, just answer a handful of questions that will take you roughly 45 seconds to complete and you’ll immediately get car insurance quotes for coverage similar to your current plan. Jerry customers save an average of $879 a year.
Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Dec 27, 2021
Chloe has a BA in Communication and Media Arts from Montclair State University and more than four years of experience in content writing, editing, and research. Before getting behind the keyboard at Jerry, Chloe was an Assistant Coordinator at her university and a film enthusiast working for the Montclair Film Festival. When she's not writing about car insurance, she spends her time with her pets, playing video games, or enjoying long weekend hikes.
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