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Air conditioner not blowing cold after recharge last year

Last year I recharged my air conditioner on my 2000 Ply Voyager. After the winter (and running it several times over the winter) on first use was making all sorts of weird hissing sounds, like valves or air ways are opening and closing. It was a LITTLE cool, but I stopped using it. Now, the hissing noises are gone, and no cold air at all. Could this be a leak? Do I need to recharge annually?

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David_simko: based on your description above, it definitely sounds like you have a leak somewhere in your A/C system. If you re-charged your A/C system last year, you should still have plenty of freon (R134-a) coolant in your A/C system. If you are familiar with how the A/C system works on your vehicle, there are two products you can use to help you identify leak in your A/C system. The first is a liquid that you inject into the system. This liquid will come out (in a solid color) in the area(s) of where the leak is accruing. The second device is a electronic freon sniffer. This is a small hand held device with about a 10" antenna on it. This device electronically "sniffs" for freon, and leads you to the area of where freon is leaking. Since you've stated that you re-charged your A/C system last year, and since has degraded from cold air, to warm and now hot air, you will have to (at minimum) partially recharge your A/C system to use one of the two leak detection methods I have mentioned above. PLEASE VOTE FOR THIS REPLY IF YOU HAVE FOUND THIS INFORMATION HELPFUL. Thank you.

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You should only have to recharge every couple years. The hissing sounds are probably due to bad seals on compressor hoses or inside compressor itself.

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Unless you have the proper gauges and an evacuation pump, working on your air conditioner is unsafe and will get you nowhere. Using any over the counter freon that has sealer in it will not fix your system and can damage the expensive equipment at a repair shop. From what you know at this point, you may have a full charge and a vacuum leak that is preventing a blend door from operating under the dash. If this is the case, adding more freon can cause the compressor to fail. Unless you invest in the items I suggested (not cheap and useless unless you intend to use them a lot), I strongly suggest you bring your vehicle to a competent shop for diagnosis and repair. I know this sounds harsh but in the end it will save you aggravation, time and money!!!~

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