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AC stopped working in my 2003 Honda Element. Just hot air

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AC stopped working in my 2003 Honda Element. Just hot air blowing. It's 99 degrees here today so I need help!
JA: How is the air flow? Have you checked the hoses?
Customer: Air flow is fine. Strong at the highest level. I have not checked the hoses. Not sure exactly what to check there. I haven't done anything with the AC before on this car.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: That would be great! (I am pretty handy but sometimes don't know where to start).
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Honda Mechanic should know about your Honda?
Customer: It has 170,000 miles.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 months ago.

Welcome,

I have been a professional master mechanic for over 35 years and am happy to help you with this.

It may just be low on refrigerant. There is a low pressure switch that prevents the AC compressor from coming on when its low on charge.

The first thing you are going to have to do is get a set of AC gauges and connect them and see what the pressures are. Can you go to a parts store like autozone? They have them to loan for free.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I have an autozone near me. When we called and asked if they tested freon, they said they "they only build the kits". Which I thought was weird but maybe we weren't asking the right thing.
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 months ago.

Hi,

They dont test it for you but they have the gauges so that you can test it yourself if you are comfortable with that. it is a bit complicated but if you had the gauges connected and check the pressures it will tell us if its low. Otherwise you will need for a shop to test the AC pressures for you.

Call them ans ask them if they have a loaner set of gauges if you want to do the work yourself and let me know.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
They said we could buy it and then return it. LOL. So we will go do that.
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 months ago.

Yeah, thats what they usually say but they will refund your bucks.

Be sure to get a couple of cans of charge while you are there. if we dont need them you can return them.

take your time and let me know when you are ready.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
It may be tomorrow before we can actually get up there.
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 5 months ago.

Thats fine. I get an email when you reply so i can get right back to you.

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