I’ve had to go back to my mechanic 3x now to fix my ac. What gives? He keeps telling me a different story, is he just robbing me?

Thanks, Joanna

no ac


Well of course he might just be robbing you, no question about that BUT…AC failure can be very difficult to diagnose. The freon (not really called that anymore but I still do) is a gas and can leak out of countless places. You can fix one spot only to have it leak out of another, and possibly from a spot that can’t be seen.  You can spend over $1,000 dollars on new compressors, driers and accumulators only to find that a hose is now leaking or you need a new condenser too. It’s endless with AC.  Just ask a lot of questions and make any mechanic show you exactly what he’s doing….and make sure he’s not charging you over and over for the freon. I have a policy when I’m doing a job for someone, they get charged once for freon in any given summer, your mechanic should be saving it and recycling it.  If it leaks out and a customer has already paid me for one fill-up then the following fill-ups are on me. Good luck, stay cool!


About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses.
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