Re-gas a portable air conditioner?

Hi all, does anyone know if it's possible to re-gas or replace the refrigerant in a portable air conditioner?

Ours are 11yrs old and used every summer. They're working perfectly just nowhere near as cold as they used to be.

Seems a shame to spend ~£600 on another two.


  • Trapdoor
    Trapdoor Forumite Posts: 90
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    Can it be regassed? Well, it depends....

    If it!!!8217;s 11 years old then it!!!8217;s likely to be filled with R22 which was outlawed in 2015 under the EC Ozone Regulation (No. 1005/2009). It is now illegal to refill with virgin or recycled R-22 and it!!!8217;s not just a case of using something else instead due to the differing lubricating oils.

    Something 11 years old is going to have compressor wear anyway which may or may not be possible to fix if it fails.

    There are other implications to regassing low end domestic air conditioners, particularly the self-contained type as they tend not to have the valving installed to facilitate connecting up the manifolds. Possible to add but again more expense.
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  • Beaker99
    Beaker99 Forumite Posts: 251
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    It's R407-C refrigerant. But by the sounds of it it's a faff and maybe an 11yr old unit doesn't warrant it anyway.. time for new.

    Thanks for your detailed reply. Very appreciated.
  • Stevieguy21
    Stevieguy21 Forumite Posts: 2 Newbie

    The first thing to try, if you haven't already is to clean the condenser and the evaporator coil, as well as your filters.
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