How do you recharge the AC in a 2016 Honda Civic?

My AC has been acting strangely for the past few weeks. I was told it’s probably time to recharge it. I’m not afraid of doing a little car maintenance myself, so I figured I’d try and handle this on my own. How can I recharge the AC in my 2016 Honda Civic?

Answer
It’s always a good idea to get more involved in your car’s maintenance. Recharging your car’s AC can be a tedious task that will require a couple of dedicated hours and some comfort under the hood of your car.
If you feel that you can handle the job yourself, you can recharge your 2016 Honda Civic’s AC by following these steps:
  1. Purchase a recharging kit from your local auto shop.
  2. Open the hood and attach the kit to your Civic’s low-side port.
  3. Turn on your Civic and allow the engine to run until it reaches its average operating temperature.
  4. Set the AC to its coldest and strongest setting. Monitor the temperature with a thermometer.
  5. Open all your doors. Set the recharging kit’s valve down.
  6. Watch the kit’s gauge and shut the valve when it’s depleted.
  7. Disconnect the kit and put in a new canister of refrigerant. Allow it to recharge for a few minutes, then remove it. If it is cold to the touch, feel free to use a towel or a pair of gloves.
  8. Test the new canister by placing a thermometer in the AC ducts.
  9. Shut down the Civic’s AC and the engine.
If you find that this process is a bit too complicated, be sure to take your car to a professional. Although getting your AC recharged can cost between $100 and $300, it’s worth saving yourself the frustration and potential of damaging your system.
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Jan 13, 2022
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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