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Old 06-12-2008, 04:58 PM   #1
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So...we have one of our AC units that has a slow leak in it. We need to get it refilled so we have AC in part of our house. The question is, I've done cars a half dozen times, but can Joe Homeowner do his own AC recharge in his house without bringing out the HVAC guy?

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Old 06-12-2008, 05:00 PM   #2
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I had the same problem. Technically, it's illegal to refill your freon if you leak more than 50% a year. For a couple years I just called a different company each year to fill it, but eventually I broke down and got a new unit. I don't know if there's a way to refill it yourself, since freon (or whatever coolant you use) is hard to get ahold of.

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Old 06-12-2008, 05:02 PM   #3
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Not sure what it's like on the east coast, but out here in Arizona you have to call in a pro. Can't find the gas anywhere to just hook it up and charge it myself.

Which in hindsight was a smart move. If I broke it, SHMBO might have killed me right there. I think that much IS legal out here....

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Old 06-12-2008, 05:07 PM   #4
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I couldn't tell you how much it leaks...no worky this year when we fired it up

I haven't seen any home kits either, just was wondering if I wasn't looking in the right place

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Old 06-12-2008, 05:46 PM   #5
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You have to be licensed by the EPA in order to buy R-22 (older units) or R-410 (new units). Home AC units are not something that should be tackled by the DIYer. The cost of fixing a screw-up and the wrath of SWMBO are not worth it!

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Thanks guys....

I've been doing other projects the past week and we've had a cold front move in, and it's absolutely gorgeous outside! We've had the house kinda opened up...AC, who needs AC in this weather!

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