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The ac cools but never gets cold. It will get some what cold when at complete stop, but once moving blows warmer. I have been told the evaporator is bad. I was looking to get fixed but cannot afford $1200. Is there any other solution?

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Recharge your system. Your refrigerant pressure is too low. Someone is trying to take full advantage of you for an un-necessary repair.

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