AC takes awhile to get cold

Old 08-01-2013, 03:33 PM
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AC takes awhile to get cold

It has about 106k miles.
I notice when I turn on the car, it takes a good 5-10 mins before the AC gets cold. I took it in to my shop who charged me $100 to do a AC service. He filled the freon because he said it was low and checked for leaks. No leaks.

But afterwards, it still takes 5-10 mins before it gets cold. I called the shop and he says it has something to do with the center console and the door not opening. But I explained that that has nothing to do with the side vents (driver and passenger side) He seems to think that the middle section and the levers not opening all the way, affects the entire AC system, including the sides. I think I am getting the runaround. Just replaced the cabin air filter. Could it be the AC compressor? May be unlikely because AC does work, just takes 10 mins after car is started to get cold.

Does anyone else have this issue or know what it might be?
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:18 PM
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First of all you need to see if the A/C gets down to the proper temperature. Depending on the outside temperature and the humidity the A/C will take longer to get cold and it will only go so cold if it is really hot out. There is a calculation that is done to see how cold it should in relationship to the current temperature. Now if the freon was low it had to go somewhere. You should get the shop it put some A/C dye in the system so you can pinpoint any small leaks.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:07 PM
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Any reputable shop should be able to look at the pressures (high side and low side) with the system running and be able to make a proper diagnosis.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:27 PM
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Any reputable shop should be able to look at the pressures (high side and low
side) with the system running and be able to make a proper diagnosis

yup....this ain't rocket science.....lest ye be extra-picky 'n all.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:15 AM
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Take it to another shop. And +1 with CarGuy.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:58 PM
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Your shop guy is thinking that the doors that control heat/air are computer controlled. Lots of cars are like that and it is a common problem. A reset of the system solves that. Some doors become warped and/or the foam seals become sticky causing them to malfunction and presto, no cool air. Not sure if this car has a problem with sticky doors. Big problem with Ford.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:26 AM
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Just put the top down....................Hello
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Just put the top down....................Hello
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