406 Air conditioning

Discussion in 'Peugeot 406' started by les@hollandworld.freeserve.co.uk, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year and nothing.Any
    simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly a garage job.It
    worked fine up to last September.Any advice appreciated.
     
    , Jun 6, 2006
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  2. Malc Guest

    wrote:
    > Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year and nothing.Any
    > simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly a garage
    > job.It worked fine up to last September.Any advice appreciated.


    Often it can be because the seals have gone if it hasn't been used. You're
    supposed to use them for at least 15 minutes a month (if not a week). A
    cheap and cheerful way is to get a top up cannister from Halfords. For £17
    or so it will repressurise the system and if it springs back to life then
    you'll know the problem. Replacing seals is probably a specialist job
    because of the gasses involved. A simple refill will be about £50. It's
    possible that there's no power to the electric clutch in the compressor due
    to another fault but the clutch won't engage if there's no pressure.

    --
    Malc

    Cheap, but not as cheap as your girlfriend
     
    Malc, Jun 6, 2006
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  3. ib Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year and nothing.Any
    > simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly a garage job.It
    > worked fine up to last September.Any advice appreciated.
    >


    If you're anywhere near Poole I'd be happy to take a look

    www.poolecool.co.uk
     
    ib, Jun 7, 2006
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  4. Nom Guest

    In article <>,
    says...
    >
    >Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year...


    Lack of use has caused your seals to dry up, and all the gas to escape. You need
    to use your aircon all the time, get in the habit of running it on at least a
    weekly basis.
    Note that it doesn't have to blow cold air - it works as a dehumidifier whatever
    you set the temperature to.

    >and nothing.Any
    >simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly a garage job.It
    >worked fine up to last September.Any advice appreciated.


    Get out your Yellow Pages, and phone some local AirCon guys. You'll be able to
    get it regassed for around £50, and this will include them adding a dye to the
    system. So if it does have any leaks (unlikely - it's prolly just the seals as
    above), they can be spotted.
     
    Nom, Jun 7, 2006
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  5. Brian Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year and nothing.Any
    > simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly a garage job.It
    > worked fine up to last September.Any advice appreciated.
    >

    As Malc says, try one of the regassing bottles from Halfords, they also
    contain a sealant which will help if the seals are a bit dry. If it then
    still won't work, it's a specialist job.
     
    Brian, Jun 7, 2006
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  6. Ken Guest

    wrote:
    > Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year and nothing.Any
    > simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly a garage job.It
    > worked fine up to last September.Any advice appreciated.


    As others have pointed out, if you do not use your a/c during the
    winter, the seals glue up and the first time you turn on you lose all
    your gas.

    So why would anyone use a/c in the winter?

    Simple. There is no method quicker than turning on the a/c to de-fog
    inside the windows. As you will know from seeing a pool of water under
    your car below the a/c, the a/c reduces the humidity of the air and,
    especially if you also run the heater, your windows clear in a flash.

    And if you do this two/three times during the winter you will probably
    save your seals and your gas.
     
    Ken, Jun 7, 2006
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  7. "Ken" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > wrote:
    >> Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year and nothing.Any
    >> simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly a garage job.It
    >> worked fine up to last September.Any advice appreciated.

    >
    > As others have pointed out, if you do not use your a/c during the
    > winter, the seals glue up and the first time you turn on you lose all
    > your gas.
    >
    > So why would anyone use a/c in the winter?
    >
    > Simple. There is no method quicker than turning on the a/c to de-fog
    > inside the windows. As you will know from seeing a pool of water under
    > your car below the a/c, the a/c reduces the humidity of the air and,
    > especially if you also run the heater, your windows clear in a flash.
    >
    > And if you do this two/three times during the winter you will probably
    > save your seals and your gas.



    My repairer suggests leaving the A/C on permanently, He reckons the
    additional fuel cost is far less than having to re-gas and have new seals
    fitted. I have to admit that, whereas my 405 with belt driven A/C used an
    additional 5mpg, I have not noticed any real difference in mpg on the 406
    with or without the A/C.
    --
    Keith Willcocks
    (If you can't laugh at life, it ain't worth living!)
     
    Keith Willcocks, Jun 7, 2006
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  8. Mike Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year and nothing.Any
    > simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly a garage job.It
    > worked fine up to last September.Any advice appreciated.


    I thought about doing it myself but decided to let a specialist do it, It
    seems they have to vacuum the system before re-gassing it. If you know how
    to do it try the a/c kits you can buy but I thought £60 for someone to
    re-gas my car was not bad . I know I would have botched it up.
     
    Mike, Jun 7, 2006
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  9. Malc Guest

    Mike wrote:
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year and
    >> nothing.Any simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly
    >> a garage job.It worked fine up to last September.Any advice
    >> appreciated.

    >
    > I thought about doing it myself but decided to let a specialist do
    > it, It seems they have to vacuum the system before re-gassing it. If
    > you know how to do it try the a/c kits you can buy but I thought £60
    > for someone to re-gas my car was not bad . I know I would have
    > botched it up.


    You can't regas properly at home. The pukka job involves sucking out the old
    gas and refilling with a specific amount. The Halfords kit really just
    repressurises. I have used one on my old Xantia just before I sold it
    because there was no way I was going to pay £200 for a recon compressor and
    regassing. It did work but it isn't a kosher solution.

    --
    Malc

    Cheap, but not as cheap as your girlfriend
     
    Malc, Jun 7, 2006
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  10. Doofer Guest

    Cheers chaps
    I am going to take it to a garage for a regas
    I did consider the halfords option but if it is something bigger like
    the seals then I would end up there anyway.

    once again cheers Les.

    Malc wrote:
    > Mike wrote:
    > > <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > >> Switched on the A/C today for the first time this year and
    > >> nothing.Any simple checks anyone could recommend or is it definetly
    > >> a garage job.It worked fine up to last September.Any advice
    > >> appreciated.

    > >
    > > I thought about doing it myself but decided to let a specialist do
    > > it, It seems they have to vacuum the system before re-gassing it. If
    > > you know how to do it try the a/c kits you can buy but I thought £60
    > > for someone to re-gas my car was not bad . I know I would have
    > > botched it up.

    >
    > You can't regas properly at home. The pukka job involves sucking out the old
    > gas and refilling with a specific amount. The Halfords kit really just
    > repressurises. I have used one on my old Xantia just before I sold it
    > because there was no way I was going to pay £200 for a recon compressorand
    > regassing. It did work but it isn't a kosher solution.
    >
    > --
    > Malc
    >
    > Cheap, but not as cheap as your girlfriend
     
    Doofer, Jun 8, 2006
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