Q: Car cabin smells of AC refrigerant at times and now the AC is not cooling after about a month of filling it .

asked by on

Car cabin smells of AC refrigerant at times and now the AC is not cooling after about a month of filling it .The smell kept coming for about 5 times during the course of the month would last for about 5 min when the AC is first switched on and then goes away . AC used to work normally but now after the 5th incident it has stopped and doesn't cool. The last time there was a hissing noise and then it stopped cooling. Could it be a Evaporator issue. It is a Fiat Grande Punto

My car has 48000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

If you have detected a refrigerant and oil mist in the cabin, then an evaporator "area" leak is likely. However, any time there is one leak, the entire system should be pressurized (whether pre or post repair) and tested for leaks in order to ensure trouble free operation. To request diagnosis and repair of your system, please use YourMechanic’s a/c diagnostic service page and the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car cabin smells of AC refrigerant at times and now the AC is not cooling after about a month of filling it .

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Q: How do I check the brake fluid?

Your car’s brakes are the most important safety system onboard. They’re hydraulic, which means they require fluid in order to operate. When you press the brake pedal, fluid is sent from the master cylinder through the brake lines to the...

Q: I have a metal knocking noise when I am in gear and pull away. I had a new gearbox and clutch a year ago.

Hi there. The noise could be a pilot bearing, clutch release bearing, or a universal joint. Check to see if the noise occurs when the clutch is applied or when the clutch pedal is moving. If there is no sound...

Q: Car steering is vibrating when going on high speed example 100 kmh. Replaced cars ball joint still steering wheel vibrates,

You should have the tires balanced and checked for problems with tire separation. If they are okay then have axles and suspension checked for problems like bad axle cv joints or bearings that are loose.

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...