'16 Civic A/C Compressor Issue, not Condenser

  1. too

    too Senior Member

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    My A/C is blowing hot air and every time I don't run the A/C for 2 weeks (such as vacation or winter time), it seems to leak out the refrigerant. This has been happening since last summer.

    My dealer wants $1,800 and they also advised me that there's a new design of compressor.

    Honda USA said if you have condensor issue, the compressor maybe affected.

    They denied any help at all because I don't have condensor issues.

    Should I just keep filling the refrigerant and keep running it every 2 weeks?

    I'm afraid the new $1800 compressor would still be bad (in 3-4 years) due to bad design. It seems that I'm not the only one with this problem.

    I still have to pay $279 "diagnostics" which I think it's ridiculous for throwing in the dye into the A/C system.
     
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    jayy_swish Senior Member

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    It will leak out the refrigerant regardless of running or not running if you have a leak, I would probably get it fixed or stop refilling it entirely with new refrigerant because this new style of refrigerant (r1234yf) is less harmful for the environment, but it’s flammable. So I would stop refilling it only for it to be leaking into an engine bay where it’s hot and combustion is happening. To answer your potential next question on why Honda is using a flammable refrigerant.. government regulations since it’s better for the environment than the old r134a. Honda isn’t the only one using it either most modern cars from about 2013+ are switching over to the new refrigerant
     
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    davidgostbo Senior Member

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    The new refrigerant is expensiveeee! I’d say just replace the compressor, buy the part and do it yourself or buy the part and tell a local mechanic to install it for you.
     
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    So $330 later for "diagnostics and R1234yf fill", I found that they didn't fill anything. I have a pressure gauge.

    I'll be more pissed if I use my UV light tonight and don't see any dye. They should've done UV dye leak check at least to locate the leak.

    As of now, I have a few cans of R1234yf. I used one to refill, and the pressure is higher now. A/C is working properly.

    $130 (out of $330) for R1234yf fill - I'm glad I didn't spend $1800 with them.

    Last time, one can fill lasted me 10 months.

    I'll get R134a adapter and fill the system when I run out of R1234yf.
     
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    I had a 2016 that had a small hairline crack in a pipe that is about 10" long. It was hard for them to find. I Think they replaced the compressor the next summer as I recall. I lease all my cars so I don't pay real close attention to detail when things get fixed. It's all on Honda.
     
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