How can you tell if your car’s AC needs freon?

My car’s air conditioning has been acting up recently and isn’t working as efficiently as before. How can you tell if your car’s AC needs freon?

Dealing with a car’s air conditioning that’s on its way out can be incredibly frustrating and often makes a hot day feel even hotter.
Interestingly, cars don’t use freon anymore but rather a similar refrigerant called R-134a. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to have your air conditioning recharged.
  • Decreased cooling efficiency
  • Warm or hot air coming from the vents
  • Visible leaks of a thin grease around the compressor
  • The air conditioning clutch isn’t engaging, and you don’t hear the familiar click of your air conditioning starting
  • Ice on the compressor
The decreased cooling efficiency you mentioned is already reason enough to take your car to a mechanic. However, if you are experiencing additional symptoms, your refrigerant is more than likely low.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Nov 22, 2021

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