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Old 04-26-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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How can I do this safely without having to spend 50$ to a shop to vacuum it out for me? I am looking to delete the ac unit altogether. I removed the belt already. Need to discharge the freon then just take it all out.
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You buy a $500 refrigerant recovery unit, a recovery tank, and a set of refrigerant gauges.
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Can't I just let it go in the air? I've read on other forums saying its like a tire pressure gauge with the pin thing u just press and it releases the gas. Its the old r12 refrigerant so no harm to ozone.
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Can't I just let it go in the air? I've read on other forums saying its like a tire pressure gauge with the pin thing u just press and it releases the gas. Its the old r12 refrigerant so no harm to ozone.
lots of harm..lots.. and illegal... and deadly...
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If you get caught releasing it into the air you will be fined and possibly jail time. Look up cfc laws. It's best to have a shop do it.
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Can't I just let it go in the air? I've read on other forums saying its like a tire pressure gauge with the pin thing u just press and it releases the gas. Its the old r12 refrigerant so no harm to ozone.
R12 is the bad one that's banned. R 134 is the safe stuff.
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Can't I just let it go in the air? I've read on other forums saying its like a tire pressure gauge with the pin thing u just press and it releases the gas. Its the old r12 refrigerant so no harm to ozone.
Look up "phosgene" and tell me again how r12 isn't dangerous lol. Either way, don't let any refrigerant into the atmosphere unless it's an accident. Last I checked, it is a minimum $10,000 fine from the EPA if you are caught.
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OK oops. You guys r right. I got the r12 and r134a mixed up. I'll go to a shop for it. Midas quoted me at 47.50$ u guys kno anywhere cheaper?
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Try to find a local A/C shop or tech school.
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Look up "phosgene" and tell me again how r12 isn't dangerous lol. Either way, don't let any refrigerant into the atmosphere unless it's an accident. Last I checked, it is a minimum $10,000 fine from the EPA if you are caught.
General curiosity here... how does one get caught?
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General curiosity here... how does one get caught?
it smells bad and ppl call the cops
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it smells bad and ppl call the cops
Not sure how refrigerant smells bad. It doesn't have an odor. If anything, you might be smelling the oil that is added to the compressor which gets carried along the system.


People will call the cops/EPA and turn people in. Sometimes if someone from the city sees someone, they will also call it in.
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Just oops accident. Thought it was a coolant line. Works every time!

I'm just kidding never done it lmao
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if ur pullin out the ac it prolly had an ac leak anyways so its possibly already empty
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I dunno if it leaks or not how can I tell?
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Not sure how refrigerant smells bad. It doesn't have an odor. If anything, you might be smelling the oil that is added to the compressor which gets carried along the system.

People will call the cops/EPA and turn people in. Sometimes if someone from the city sees someone, they will also call it in.
Honestly if I saw somebody doing it Id turn them in. There's reward money for that.
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Honestly if I saw somebody doing it Id turn them in. There's reward money for that.
Yep. I just get a little irritated with their laws. I need to be certified to touch refrigant as part of my job but any joe shmo can add refrigerant to their vehicle without a problem. Granted I work on much bigger systems and more dangerous refrigerant but if you add up all of the people that don't know what they're doing, I'm sure the amount of refrigerant let into to atmosphere is staggering.
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id just tap the shrader with a schrewdriver and if it hisses its under preasure(cover it with a towel before you do it tho
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Are planning to repair the A/C system or remove it? I would go ahead and have it vacuumed to remove everything from the system.
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Yep. I just get a little irritated with their laws. I need to be certified to touch refrigant as part of my job but any joe shmo can add refrigerant to their vehicle without a problem. Granted I work on much bigger systems and more dangerous refrigerant but if you add up all of the people that don't know what they're doing, I'm sure the amount of refrigerant let into to atmosphere is staggering.
This... I'm ASE certified in A/C systems but it does me bug me that people that have no idea what they are doing can buy it and put it in their cars.
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