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    Angry So I have a hole in my AC condenser!

    Have been to get the AC serviced and they found a hole in the condenser. They told me to not waste my money getting a new one as it would be ££££ by the time they fitted it. So I asked about the sealant kits you can buy to pach up the hole(s) they said to stay away from them as if I ever do have the money to repair the condensor then the sealant just makes a mess of everything and it's not good for their machine. I looked in halfords today and can get different kits from£20-£50 ish some are just a sealant meaning I would try that then a regas and some are gas oil moisture remover and sealant. I was wondering what every one thinks? I really don't have the £ to get the condenser done even if it was on the cheap.

    Have any of you used them before.
    Maybe I might be better just getting a top up can as after a service it lasts about a month then no gas?...
    Any thoughts would be great

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    The condensors are only 100-150 quid and pretty easy diy fit. There is even a how2 on the subject

    If you wanted a hand i'm not that far away either

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    pay the money and get it fixed

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    103 I paid, and ½ hr to fit.

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    Thanks folks! All the fins on the condenser are rotten and falling out the guys said he has never seen one so bad before! So if I were to do this I would need another re gas on top? Also I worried about another leak after he found the one on the condensor he stopped looking in the bay and said it was a waste of time due to the mess of the condenser. I'm worried there could be another leak? I have a 3y.o and a 6m.o kid so want a cool temp on hot days for them. Just don't know if the wife would let me back in the house if I bought the new cond fitted it re gas and it still had a leak.

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    Unusual for there to be leaks anywhere else. The condensor is a known weak point on the Vec-C/Signum

    Did he put the dye into it?

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    He put some funky yellow stuff in but I thought that might have been the oil? He had a hand held sniffer tool which was a gas detector. That's how he found the leak.

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    My condensor is goosed as well and you can get them for about £90 + vat. Looks a dead easy fit, i am going to get some mesh for behind my lower grill to save any stone damage next time.

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    when you've got bumper off replacing it, put some mesh behind bumper to protect shiney new condenser new condenser is only my list of things to do.

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