Q: Air con isnt getting cold

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its nearly summer so time to make sure the air con works, i turn it on for about 15 minutes to see if it gets cold and it doesnt, cant tell if its out of gas and not keen to spend the cash if its something small haha spent enough already... is there many steps i can check on my own before i take it to a shop

My car has 258000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

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