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Question DetailsAsked on 7/10/2013

What should a/c recharge for auto cost

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For just a recharge, usually about $125-175.

However, if you car uses R-12 (built before 1995, plus or minus a year), then your dealer or mechanic will likely be unable to find R-12 to recharge it with, if they want ot break the law by using it. In that case, the compressor has to be removed and flushed of compressor oil, and a different oil type added before the system is charged with the modern so-called "greenhouse gas free" refrigerant gas. That total, including recharge, can cost from $175 for a car with very readily accessible air conditioner or that can be drained with removal, to as much as $400-500 on some cars (some Subaru Outback's and BMW's are good examples) that require a lot of other stuff be removed just to get the compressor out.

Generally, your car should not need recharging - that is an indication of a leak somewhere. A LOT of cars go 20-30 years without a recharge. If you have a leak, it is likely you will be going back in for a recharge every year or two, or even more often, for $125-150 each time. Before recharging you should have a leak test done to locate and fix the leak - about $50 for the test, plus any repair cost. In most cases repairs are just fixing a leaking threaded fitting, although in the event of a leaking evaporator that can run anywhere from $400 to $2000 depending on model car and whether you have it done by a local mechanic with after-market parts or at a dealer with OEM parts.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


LCD has answered your question very well. Here in Florida, A/C repairs are more competitive and a recharge will run between $50-$100 depending on the amount (in pounds) of R-134a Freon required.

The best point that LCD makes is that if you need to recharge a system, chances are that there is a leak. Recharging when a leak exists will simply put freon into the air. It is also a waste of money, money that should be applied to the repair.

Answered 7 years ago by Altcarcare

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