Question about 1997 Chevrolet Blazer
A/C compressor cycling on/off every few seconds. Air is cool not cold. Think too much r134, how do I bleed some off?
You cant guess at the pressure in the system. and its not a good idea to bleed off any r134a. it is now known to be a powerful green house gas. so should be recovered. however its easy to see what the pressure is. there are low cost gages that come with some r134a kits. that will likely tell you the pressure is low. typically that's what causes the compressor to cycle. there is likely a leak somewhere .. the r134a molecule is very small and its hard to keep things from leaking. you can use soapy water around the crimped rubber hose ends and connectors. that's what usually leaks. there are two ports on the air conditioner .. a high pressure and a low pressure .. the low pressure port is what you add fluid into. its just a valve similar to a tire valve. if you were to push the valve open then refrigerant will vent just like a tire .. but don't ever do that with your finger. it will freeze. unfortunately you will also be venting oil that flows along with the fluid. that can damage your system. if you vent too much then your system will have to be put on a vacuum pump to start over.
1. check for leaks with soapy water. look for bubbles while the system is running. look for oily spots that might indicate a leak.
2. check the low pressure side for proper pressure. chances are it will be low indicating not enough r134a
3. repair whatever is leaking before refilling. use the gage to determine when properly filled.
the system has a pressure switch that makes sure their is always enough pressure on the low pressure side. that's because if the pressure gets too low there is danger of sucking in air and that will damage the system. so if the pressure gets below a set value then it shuts off the compressor. the pressure builds back up and the compressor comes back on then again the pressure drops as the system builds up. that's why it cycles fast . there is not enough fluid to keep minimum pressure while operating. if you have too much r134a then typically it will work but will probably blow out a hose. adding fluid to a leaking system will only make it work until it leaks back out .. sometimes that can last a year or a day, depending on how bad the leak.
Posted on May 20, 2014
You have air in the A/C system. The only way I have found to get rid of it is to discharge the entire system and then do a complete re-fill. This can be done using the fill tool sold with any commercial R134 refill kit at the parts store / WalMart, etc. Just hook up the fill tool
while engine is off and allow to drain out completely. Some of them you have to squeeze the handle to do so. Takes a few to get it all out. Then recharge with engine running and A/C turned on to MAX. It is really better to have it done somewhere they can pump the system down, you get a longer lasting recharge.
Posted on May 23, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
the low pressure port is the charging port, this port is either in the low pressure line or the accumulator that the low pressure lines to to (can shaped object), the low pressure line is the larger of the two lines from the compressor.
Posted on May 27, 2009
It sounds simple enough that you need to recharge your A/C unit. They can stop functioning properly after winter's end especially if they were not used. You should be able to get a recharge kit from your local auto parts store. Your Suburban should use the newer R142a refrigerant.
Posted on Jun 09, 2009
SOURCE: 96 Tahoe no Cold Air
Yes... you are most likely low on freon as the compressor will cut on low pressure before vacuum.Depending on ambient temps and head pressures your running ,you may see low side pressures at 50. Automotive refrigerant (134a) is not far from matching the degress to low pressure....for instance 50 lb low side pressure will give you approx 60 degrees cooling at the vent.Once cabin temperatures are met is when you can expect that suction pressure to lower and stabilize.You would be better off watching high and low pressures to get the full picture of whats going on here...good luck
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
freon level is low . One of those 2 ports u see will be the one u want. It will be the smaller of the 2 as the refill hose will only lock onto the correct fitting.
Posted on Aug 10, 2009
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