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My AC has clearly become less cold over the years, and I live in a hot place. The dealership will diagnose it for $100, but then costs might quickly go up to a grand (remove coolant, look for leak, etc.)

I'm no expert on HVAC but I have seen videos of people topping up or "recharging" their AC with one of those spray can-kits. After watching a couple of Youtube videos, I think I could manage (famous last words...) :p
Anyone here have experience with doing this in their GV? Mine is a 2010, 70k miles so I don't want to sink huge amounts of cash into an issue I might be able to fix myself, at least temporarily. Would be curious as to what your experiences are. Thanks!
 

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Chances are its a slow leak, but a specialist ac shop can put a set if gauges on it and diagnose basic state in a few minutes.

As an example, dealer here charges $300 to diagnose and recharge local ac shop free diagnosis, top up $50
 
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Chances are its a slow leak, but a specialist ac shop can put a set if gauges on it and diagnose basic state in a few minutes.

As an example, dealer here charges $300 to diagnose and recharge local ac shop free diagnosis, top up $50
Thanks. The dealer diagnosed a leak and recharged it, but said the labour to replace the assembly would be about $1,000... plus the price of the part (he quoted me $700 but I can find it for half that online). AC is nice and cold after the recharge so I'm thinking it might be cheaper to just get it recharged when required, assuming this will be on the order of.....years?
 

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AC is nice and cold after the recharge so I'm thinking it might be cheaper to just get it recharged when required, assuming this will be on the order of.....years?
Possibly, unless the leak began recently or is an old /small one worsening with time. :(

I would take a wait and see approach on it.

You could study up on-line procedures to learn how to add refrigerant in the mean time.
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