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Did I miss something or is R134 incredibly expensive now???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by kingston73, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Aug 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM
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    kingston73

    kingston73 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I'm just really unobservant, but I noticed my ac wasn't as cold as it used to be so I went to advance auto to get a recharge can, and holy gold bars batman, the shiz is expensive!! I feel like this time last summer I bought a kit with 2 cans and a pressure gauge for about $20, but a single little can of r134 is $22, and the same recharge kit I bought last year is now $49!! What happened??

    On a separate but related topic, do those little cans of stop-leak actually work for ac systems? The stuff I bought claims to include oil and leak stop but I wonder how well, if at all, it actually works.
     
  2. Aug 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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    angrysam

    angrysam Bring Yuengling To MN!

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    It's being phased out so yeah...it's going to get way expensive. We were paying about $2.50/lb for a 30lb keg last summer through our supplier and now we're a little above $7/lb for the same keg.
     
  3. Aug 13, 2011 at 3:47 AM
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    Damn! That's high!
     
  4. Aug 13, 2011 at 6:21 AM
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    So is there a next gen ac system being brought out? I didn't know 134 was being phased out, I wonder if I should buy a couple cans now, before it goes up any more?
     
  5. Aug 13, 2011 at 6:53 AM
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    Warputer

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    A little lift & some extra steel....
    R410A (sometimes known as Puron)...is the new stuff.....134 will only get higher until it is phased out.
     
  6. Aug 13, 2011 at 7:42 AM
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    Before R 134 I used to go to K Mart and buy 1 lb cans for $0.99. R 410 Q has been around for years at least 11. I had Heat pump installed 9 yrs ago and thats what it required.
     
  7. Aug 13, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    On a related topic, do the sealants work for ac systems? I was looking at buying Cliplight's superseal pro, but looking at the instructions it says it needs to be professionally installed? Can I just hook the can up to the ac system and empty it, or do you really need to hook up the vacuum and gauges and everything?
     
  8. Aug 13, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    MacGyvR

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    There is a lot that goes into a/c maintenance. You really should have it professionally done. I live in arizona and I'm waiting until I have the time (and money) to have someone recharge my a/c.

    But, if you have the means to do everything that's required and know what to do, I'd say go for it.
     
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