Convert my 240's air conditioning to R134a?

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Handywired, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. Handywired

    Handywired Guest

    The prices my mechanic is quoting me to either recharge my '92 240's AC system
    with Freon, or to convert to R134a, are pretty darn close. This is due to the
    fact that I almost certainly need a significant amount of Freon (AC blows cool,
    but just barely, and compressor short-cycles) and Freon is so dang expensive.
    Anyway, any reason NOT to just convert the system? Furthermore, if conversion
    is truly a viable option, is is something I can do myself with one of those
    kits from the auto-parts store?

    I'm hearing $200-ish to service the Freon system I now have, and $300-ish to
    convert. If I convert, I can just put a can of 134a in there for two bucks if
    needed at some future date... that'd be nice...

    Handywired, Apr 18, 2004
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  2. the 134a doesn't cool as well as the r12, mostly at idle, the 240's a/c is not
    that great even at it's best, so id stick with the r12 if possible.
    Islandguy77554, Apr 18, 2004
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    R51reed Guest

    << Anyway, any reason NOT to just convert the system? >>

    You can't legally revert it back to r12 after conversion. No shop will do it
    because of the EPA fines :-(
    reply to my real e~mail account for faster response.
    R51reed, Apr 18, 2004
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    Rod Gray Guest

    The cost of 134 compared to R12 should make the conversion cheaper. All you
    need is a screw on fitting to allow you to use 134 connectors. The 240 AC
    was never good. The conversion will mean a loss of 3 or 4 degrees. But it is
    cost effective.
    Rod Gray, Apr 18, 2004
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    James Sweet Guest

    Do the conversion, it'll need recharging again sooner or later, may as well
    have it use the cheap readily available stuff.
    James Sweet, Apr 19, 2004
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    Rojo2G Guest

    Is this enviromentally friendly or good?
    The r12 is not, thats why it illegal to use it now.
    Think skin cancer.
    Rojo2G, Apr 19, 2004
  7. the 134a is better for the environment but is more harmful for humans if you
    come in contact with it.
    Islandguy77554, Apr 20, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    134a will not be as efficient as the original but, doesn't cause Ozone loss
    which affects the greenhouse heating. ed
    Edward Hayes, Apr 21, 2004
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