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Old 06-12-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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DIY: AC problem diagnosis

I bought a 2000 323CI in November and I'm having trouble with the AC. Since I bought the car in November it was nice and cool so I don't think I checked the AC, but then again maybe it did work but the point is it doesn't work now and it's hot as hell.

Couple days ago I went out and bought some refrigerant with a pressure checker. Well when I check the pressure with the "AC" blasting it was reading I was at 100 PSI . So now I'm stumped.

I checked the compressor and it seems to be spinning, but I also read that when you turn the AC unit off your compressor is suppose to stop spinning and mine never stops, so either thats a problem or I'm not looking at the right thing (just checked and I'm 95% sure I'm looking at the right thing).

Also, yesterday I let out the pressure in the car until it was around 45 PSI but nothing changed except for the fact that the "AC" whines through the vents when I get up past 2500 RPMs now. Should I be scared? Or does anyone know how to diagnose something like this.

EDIT: I just checked the car again and it's back to 100 PSI on the low pressure valve . It was about two days ago that I had lowered it to 45 PSI, so I don't know if that helps anyone but I am beyond stumped.

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Old 06-12-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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Just lowered the freon pressure AGAIN but it's already starting to climb again, it's almost like I don't have a leak, but a... suck? vacuum?

I think there might be a clog in the system is pretty much what I'm getting out of this and it might be stemming from the fact that the compressor NEVER turns off.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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clogged orifice?
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:29 PM   #4
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DIY: AC problem diagnosis

Had the same issue. When cars was cold it would blast out cold air as it warmed up up so did the air. Ended up being a clogged orifice.

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