tls1
Posts: 46
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:21 am

AC sometimes does not work

Hi,

My 2016 Soul EV has an AC issue.

On Friday, it took about 30 mins, 10km until the air coming out of the vent was cold (not measured - according to the driver).

On Saturday it was 35C outside and the car sat outside for many hours. The car was very hot inside. Then I used the car and turned on AC and from the beginning the temperature measured at the vent was 25C. Never really dropped or raised. It was not cycling cold then warm, only warm.

After using the car, I put it in the garage for a couple of hours and then went for a drive. The AC worked right away and the temperature measure at the vent was 12C. The car was still warm, about 27C when measuring the temperature of the dashboard. Since then the AC is working fine.

On Sunday and Monday, it appeared to work correctly, according to the driver.

The fan is working, the cabin filter is ok. Interesting note, when you first turn on the AC you can hear hissing noises from the vents (it has always done this) for a few minutes, maybe hissing is not the correct description... Saturday there was no hissing sound.

Any thoughts on what the problem could be?
Anyone know if this is common?

Thanks!
Terry
notfred
Posts: 579
Joined: Thu May 07, 2015 2:28 pm

Re: AC sometimes does not work

You are low on refrigerant. The question is where has it gone? I've had both the expansion valve and the condenser replaced on my 2016 over the past few years.

Heads up that if you take it to somewhere other than the dealer, the AC compressor is high voltage and uses a different oil that can take the high voltage. They need to use a machine that is only used for AC systems with that special oil so that it doesn't get cross contaminated.
tls1
Posts: 46
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:21 am

Re: AC sometimes does not work

Thanks for your great advice!
Terry

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