240 Air Con Service Melbourne

Hello All,

Just wondering has anybody got any good recommendations as to where I could get my A/C checked and fixed in Melbourne (preferably western suburbs)? Also what is the average cost of a regas?

I need in investigate the system a little first though, see whether the pump is being switch ON/OFF etc.

Thanks,
Martin

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  • Sorry we are in south east suburbs but what is the problem
  • Sorry we are in south east suburbs but what is the problem

    Not entirely sure, system needs a full check over and inspection to find why it's not working. Where exactly are you in the South East Suburbs? Would like to get it up and running before spring time :)
  • A few years ago I had this place - Dattoy Motors - in Williamstown, re-gas the R134a in my 1800ES. They seem to work on all types of cars. A bit dodgy but might be worth calling them if you live nearby. 130 Maddox Rd, Williamstown - (03) 9397 7622
    morch_66479
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    A few years ago I had this place - Dattoy Motors - in Williamstown, re-gas the R134a in my 1800ES. They seem to work on all types of cars. A bit dodgy but might be worth calling them if you live nearby. 130 Maddox Rd, Williamstown - (03) 9397 7622

    Dattoy got a few good recommendations on my local Willi fbook page.
    cancer sucks
    carnut222
  • We have just relocated to 8 Keppler circuit Seaford just off frankston freeway...Masons Prestige
    Ex850Rcarnut222morch_66479
  • edited January 9
    Hello All,
    So I finally got to drop off my Volvo 240 for a regas at Dattoy Motors in Williamstown (nearby).

    They couldn't regas the car because the High and Low side "retro fittings" on th A/C pump need replacing. When I went to collect the car he pointed to them but I'm not sure what he was talking about or what the "retro fittings" do? I can't find anything online about them either.
    He told me I would be better searching for them because his A/C guys don't have these parts :/

    Would some body explain to me:
    - what is the purpose of these?
    - Why would I need to replace them
    - Where can I buy them?

    Here is a picture of what he was pointing to:
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    There is another one directly across from it behind that pipe too. One for low side and one for high side.

    Any help or advice would be great.

    Martin
  • It's unclear exactly what he's talking about but it sounds like the car hasn't been converted to take r134a refrigerant gas, you need to change the high and low side charge ports.
    That is the bare minimum in order to regas the car but it won't be as effective as the older refrigerant, and it's common for it to leak out as you really need to change the seals and other components to run r134a.
    I can have a look and see if I can source them for you or at least get you some part numbers
    morch_66479
  • Just after doing more research since my last post and it looks at though I will need to replace these fittings.
    So there is no way of filling it with the older refrigerant or everything must be r134a by law?
    Is it even worth filling the system with r134a or how big of a job is it to replace all seals etc?

    Yes, if you have any more information that would be great.

    Martin
  • edited January 9
    No one will fill it with R12 anymore it's outlawed basically. You can retrofit and gas with r134a and then see what other problems you have if any.
    Other option is to find someone who uses "hychill" refrigerant. It's LPG based and is suitable for the older R12 setups and will perform better than r134a. It's also not an ozone depleting gas so not a huge problem if it leaks.

    https://hychill.com.au/products/minus-30

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com.au/ulk/itm/283127627144
  • No one will fill it with R12 anymore it's outlawed basically. You can retrofit and gas with r134a and then see what other problems you have if any.
    Other option is to find someone who uses "hychill" refrigerant. It's LPG based and is suitable for the older R12 setups and will perform better than r134a. It's also not an ozone depleting gas so not a huge problem if it leaks.

    https://hychill.com.au/products/minus-30

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com.au/ulk/itm/283127627144
    I have the Hychill in my 91 240 and it works fine I.e. gets cold but it does freeze up on the freeway so I have to manually switch off (cycle) the A/C rocker switch. May be an issue with my system. If you have the rotary dial adjustable A/C switch then it would be fine for sure.

    What year is your 240?
    timbo
  • Maybe this is what i need and what the garage was referring to?
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/A-C-R-12-to-R-134a-Retrofit-Conversion-Adapter-Fitting-Valves-Kit-MA1731/173622475953?hash=item286cb4bcb1:g:jPUAAOSwLuBb3qB0:rk:1:pf:1&frcectupt=true

    Same as link above i guess...

    I have the rotary dial in my model, does anybody have contacts for A/C specialist with Hychill?

    I spoke with Berry motor Group this morning and they advised me to upgrade the receiver drier too, is this necessary? They also mentioned that i should install an extra fan for city driving but I don't really do city driving.

    @carnut222 my model year is 1989.

    Need to get it fixed by the 21st Jan too :)
  • That is what you need to adapt to the modern service port connectors.
    Berry's advice is correct for retrofitting to r134a
    The receiver drier is the filter for the system and it's always a good idea to replace but I guess getting some gas in it and checking that everything functions as it should would be the best first step you can always add a fan later
  • I had my C30 gassed up here when I had the stone damage the condenser.
    http://www.auto-electrician-melbourne.com/

    They’re down in Moorabbin so may not be to convenient, and you’d need to call to see if they have Hychill. Pretty sure Berry’s or Voldat would know where to take it for Hychill.
  • I had Hychill Minus 30 in my '92 wagon for a little while. It was great, but the system would freeze up if it wasn't hot outside (like Carnut222 says), which is inconvenient when using the AC to defrost the windscreen. It blew a hose and leaked out, and now I have R134a in there. It still freezes up on occasion. I have a fan on it, and it really does make a difference in traffic.
    carnut222egads
  • I need a recommendation for a good aircon reliable service in the Eastern suburbs. The aircon on my old mother's 240 keeps on breaking down. We had it replaced twice or three times so far in the last 20 years. There is a leak which they have been trying to fix in the last 20 years. Each time they "claim" they found the fault, or change it, we get slugged with a $500 - $1000 bill.
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    I need a recommendation for a good aircon reliable service in the Eastern suburbs. The aircon on my old mother's 240 keeps on breaking down. We had it replaced twice or three times so far in the last 20 years. There is a leak which they have been trying to fix in the last 20 years. Each time they "claim" they found the fault, or change it, we get slugged with a $500 - $1000 bill.

    She could have an s40 by now...
  • @tissueboxonwheels regassed 2-3 times in 20years is relatively normal.
    If it's an original R12 car with the York compressor you can't really eliminate leaks due to the r134a gas having smaller molecules. It leaks out the seals as they're not designed for the later gas.
  • So I've lined up a visit to Total Automotive Products in Dendenong for an A/C regas and new receiver drier.
    They offer a really good service in A/C, from servicing right the way through to complete installation.
    I'll let you know how my visit goes on Friday.
    timbo
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