How do I remove car air conditioning gas?

How do I drain my car's AC gas (refrigerant)? The air conditioner isn't working right. I have some basic mechanical knowledge, so I want to fix the issue myself.

“Attempting to fix a broken air conditioner by removing the gas or refrigerant is not recommended because it requires specialized equipment and expertise.
Plus, depending on the situation, the AC may be covered by your car’s warranty or by your car insurance. If that’s the case, you may as well take advantage of professional work.
But if you still want to give it a go, here’s what you should do:
  • Locate the low-pressure port of the air conditioner.
  • Attach an air conditioning recovery machine.
  • Run the recovery machine to remove the refrigerant from the AC system.
  • Wait until the machine shuts off, which indicates the system is empty.
Remember that AC refrigerant is toxic and harmful to the environment, so do your research and take the necessary safety precautions.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 26, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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