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Recharging A/C... fan not coming on

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Good to know of Sams option in our situation. The Arctic Freeze self-sealing cans were $14.99 each at HFT.

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HFT manager did not know how to fit the yellow manifold hose over the self-sealing cans being sold there. No adapter.
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You'll also need one of those basic puncture-type valves to attach to that adapter, then you can screw the yellow hose onto that. For some reason the kit doesn't come with that valve.
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What’s your capacity bmdub? A 750g capacity will work well with 680g charge, exactly two cans.

Slight undercharge for hot climates, not over, is best.
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abscate wrote: Wed May 29, 2019 4:47 am What’s your capacity bmdub? A 750g capacity will work well with 680g charge, exactly two cans.

Slight undercharge for hot climates, not over, is best.
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I've been buying R-134A in 30 lb jugs. It was just over $100.00 last year and I think they have crept up to about $125.00 this year. So long as you keep the canister dry it will last forever. I was buying brakes for the Suburban at O'Reilly a month or so ago and the guy in front of me paid nearly $20.00 a can for the small 12oz cans - just the cans not the kits with the hose and the gauge.

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Buying it in bulk is definitely a good value... it's incredible to me what people spend on the little cans. I always get it at either Walmart or Ollie's. Both have it for under $5 for a 12 ounce can. As long as it's a reputable brand that isn't filling the can with propane, it should work just fine.
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See my post/link above about options for buying in bulk. Currently about $120 for the 30 lb cylinder but technically only a technician can buy it. A box of a dozen 12 ounce cans is currently $40 at Sam's Club, that's under $3.50 a can.
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erikv11 wrote: Thu May 30, 2019 9:46 am See my post/link above about options for buying in bulk. Currently about $120 for the 30 lb cylinder but technically only a technician can buy it. A box of a dozen 12 ounce cans is currently $40 at Sam's Club, that's under $3.50 a can.
Sam's Club dozen for $40 is manageable. What is typical shelf life of these cans?
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xHeart wrote: Thu May 30, 2019 11:30 am What is typical shelf life of these cans?

• The shelf life of 134a is at least 10 years under normal storage conditions.
– Stored in a clean, dry location that is out of direct sunlight.
– Storage temperatures keep below 126 °F (52 °C).
– Protected from mechanical damage.

Keep it in a clean, cool, dry and dark place the shelf life is indefinite.
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A sealed can of R-134a will last longer than we will. Once opened you probably have less than a year depending on the valve etc., if you don't use up the whole thing.
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