How Long Does an AC Recharge Last?

If your car’s air conditioning system is not delivering the cold air that you need to be comfortable in hot weather, it is probably low on refrigerant. This could be because of a leak in the system, and when leaks occur, obviously the refrigerant level drops. Then, your air conditioning will shut down in order to prevent damage to the compressor. Vehicle owners often operate under the misapprehension that all they have to do is “top off” the refrigerant from time to time, but that is not actually how it works.

Any time that your AC becomes low on refrigerant, it should be flushed, and the refrigerant replaced. This ensures that you always have enough refrigerant in the system to keep your air conditioning working properly, ensuring your comfort and that of your passengers. So, how long does an AC recharge last? Your air conditioning is not something that runs constantly, so unless you live in a very hot climate, you can usually expect a recharge to last at least three years. Of course if you want to, you could take the proactive approach and plan for a recharge every three years as part of your routine maintenance, but as long as you’re staying cool, your air conditioner really doesn’t need a recharge.

Signs that your AC may need a recharge include:

  • Not enough cool air
  • AC blowing only warm air
  • Defroster not working

If you suspect that your refrigerant is low, A mechanic can check out your air conditioning, and if necessary, do an AC recharge for you.


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Alexander

19 years of experience
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Alexander
19 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Car AC Repair - Winter Park, Florida
Alexander Was professional, professional, and friendly. He explained his work in detail and, explained why he made the recommendations for the future. I will definitely be using his service again.
Nissan Altima - Car AC Repair - Apopka, Florida
Such a cool dude . Told me what was wrong with my AC Clutch. Just fixed it today . Thank you brother . My back in the cold ✊

Edmundas

16 years of experience
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Edmundas
16 years of experience
Ford Thunderbird - Car AC Repair - Winter Park, Florida
Very knowledgeable, willing to help with ancillary functions, very professional. Explained the details of his findings.
Nissan Altima - Car AC Repair - Oviedo, Florida
Edmundas was extremely professional and went above and beyond expected -- espcially in providing all data and current state of my vehicle. The expereience was great and I would recomend Edmundas to all of my associates. Thank you!

Braxton

10 years of experience
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Braxton
10 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Car AC Repair - Orlando, Florida
On time, courteous, didn’t sell me something I didn’t need, quick and a/c is working great! Would call him again and recommend.
Hyundai Sonata - Car AC Repair - Orlando, Florida
He was great even though it was a repair that could not be done he was helpful about giving me the info I needed

Tien

22 years of experience
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Tien
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Honda Accord - Car AC Repair - El Cerrito, California
Tien was very competent, explaining everything that he did and the reasons for it. He was clearly well qualified, quite apart from being friendly and receptive to questions.
BMW 328i - Car AC Repair - Oakland, California
Real nice guy. Called in advance to say he’d be slightly late. Imagine being late in Bay Area traffic! Clearly new his stuff. Would highly recommend.

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