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Every car I've had with aircon has produced ice cold air when required. My 2016 KX-4 doesn't. It's cooler than ambient but not by much.
I'm guessing I just need the aircon recharging?? Dealer job or just go to the aircon specialists?
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As others above. Kia warrantee the air-con charge for 2 years only so there's no real benefit in going to a Kia dealer :(
 

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The aircon on my 2016 kx-3 is nowhere near as effective as on my previous cars, but it does get cold eventually.

I did have the gas changed at one of the services, but it made no appreciable difference.
 

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My Air Con didnt work at all when car was new. Dealer checked it and found no refrigerant in it!! Filled up with the expensive stuff plus a leak detector, and no leaks found. Now ok, or was when it was last hot enough to use it.
 

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Our 2017 Sportage aircon has stopped working, it's been used all the time.
I do suspect a regas would sort it, but I'll be annoyed if I spend that money and it turns out to be the compressor or some other such warranty part.
Trouble is, we really need it fixed 'now' as it's a very unpleasant place to be without aircon in this heat/humidity.
 

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Although I always advocate using an air-con specialist rather than a garage, Kwik Fit used to offer a no-fix no charge for a regas. Check to see if they still offer it.
 

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One thing I'd like to ask.
A couple of weeks ago, I did notice a load of liquid under the car.
It was consistent with the liquid you get from the aircon, but much more than I've ever seen before and the car had barely been run.
Is there any sort of liquid in the system that could suddenly have dumped itself on the drive and explain the aircon not working?
If so, where would it have come from and will a regas make any difference?
 

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The "working" liquid has a very low boiling point and will rarely be seen as a liquid if it escapes - best you are likely to see is a very thin vapour which dissipates very quickly. If what you saw was water then this is simply condensate.
 

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The "working" liquid has a very low boiling point and will rarely be seen as a liquid if it escapes - best you are likely to see is a very thin vapour which dissipates very quickly. If what you saw was water then this is simply condensate.
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I'm used to seeing condensate, but this seemed an awful lot - maybe just my own paranoia.
I've got the car today, it's pretty unbearable in this heat/humidity.
In the absence of any other options that I can find, I may have to resort to Halfords or Kwifit for a recharge ASAP.....which fills me with dread....
Looks like the cost varies as to whether it uses R134A or R134Y, and our car seems to be right in the middle of the 'could be either' date range.
 

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There will be a label under the bonnet somewhere giving the type and quantity of refrigerant.

Would never ever go to KF - Halfords maybe. Find a small indy near you for a much better deal.
 

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Thanks for all the replies.
Can't find any specialists anywhere around here (Stroud, Gloucestershire) but ATS offer it and I trust them more than KF!
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FYI, for anyone interested.
I called an aircon specialist last night.
Here's what the conversation revealed.

1. If the car is only 2.5 years old and lost its gas, there's definitely a leak.
2. He could regas the car, but it would just leak out again
3. He could fix the leak, but I'd have to pay him whereas it should be under warranty.

So, basically, he turned down the work on the gorunds the R1234 gas is expensive and will just leak out in god knows how long (depending on how bad the leak is).
BTW the aircon sticker is in a really daft place.
I looked everywhere and it was only as I went to close the bonnet I looked up and saw it's on the underneath of the bonnet lip....!
 

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Thanks. One of them still exists and is open! Hadn't been intending to go to Gloucester but I've booked in with them for tomorrow.
2016 was the cutover point for R134 and R1234.
Which does your car use and how much have you been quoted?
I was quote £80 for R134 and £125 for R1234.
The Sportage uses 600g.
 
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