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Hey guys, I am kind of in a pickle. This Saturday my wife and I are moving to North Carolina (from Ohio). My AC has been working strong for the last month or so, but today on the way home from work I had it cranked full blast and the air coming from the vents wasnt cool. I toggled between having the AC on and off, and could not tell a difference. It would be really nice to have it working for our trip this weekend. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Here is what I know:

- Air temp is the same whether AC is on or off (even with 'Max AC' selected)

- Both the Compressor and Cooling Fan fuses (30A each) are fine

- There is no puddle under the truck after the AC has been on (there used to be a condensation puddle) This makes me think that the AC isnt even activating.

Thanks so much for your help, guys.

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Re: Air Conditioning Broken!

When the A/C is on can you hear the compressor kick in? If you don't hear the compressor kick on and cycle normally or if it cycles every couple of seconds it's the lack of refrigerant in the system. Seeing the fuse is ok, that makes me think the refrigerant leaked out of the a/c system somehow.

That's why a lot of manufacturers only give a 1 year warranty on the a/c system. Not sure what Honda's warranty on the a/c system is.

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When the A/C is on can you hear the compressor kick in? If you don't hear the compressor kick on and cycle normally or if it cycles every couple of seconds it's the lack of refrigerant in the system. Seeing the fuse is ok, that makes me think the refrigerant leaked out of the a/c system somehow.

That's why a lot of manufacturers only give a 1 year warranty on the a/c system. Not sure what Honda's warranty on the a/c system is.
Honda covers the A/C system for the full 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty.

You may temporarily get the system working by adding refrigerant, but if it leaked out there's a problem somewhere.

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My air conditioning has failed twice on my 2006 Ridgeline. Once in May 2008 and again about a week ago (May 2009). Both times it was the condenser, whatever that is. Both times they had to order the part and as a result it had to be kept overnight (no way!) or taken back in the next day. The only good thing about it was that both instances were completely covered under warranty.

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If you take it to a A/C service specialist (i.e. not your Honda dealer) make sure they know how to work on a Honda -- they're extremely sensitive to the amount of refrigerant and oil in the system.

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When the A/C is on can you hear the compressor kick in? If you don't hear the compressor kick on and cycle normally or if it cycles every couple of seconds it's the lack of refrigerant in the system. Seeing the fuse is ok, that makes me think the refrigerant leaked out of the a/c system somehow.

That's why a lot of manufacturers only give a 1 year warranty on the a/c system. Not sure what Honda's warranty on the a/c system is.
Yeah, I forgot to post that detail. I do not hear the compressor kick on when I turn on/off the AC.

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Honda covers the A/C system for the full 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty.

You may temporarily get the system working by adding refrigerant, but if it leaked out there's a problem somewhere.
Unfortunately, my Ridge is out of warranty (I am the second owner, and it has 85k miles on it). Looks like I'll be looking for an AC place to further diagnose the problem. Thanks for the info, though, it helps to at least have some idea of what you are talking about when you go in.

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Re: Air Conditioning Broken!

Check fuse no.12 (7.5 Amp) in the under-hood fuse/relay box.
Check fuse no.30 (7.5 Amp) in the driver's under-dash fuse/relay box.

If both are fine, you have two options:
a) Perform a self-diagnostic function using the climate control unit
or
b) Have your Honda dealer plug the HDS computer into your truck in order to retrieve any fault codes that have been logged

Self-Diag function (Ridgeline RT/RTS)
1) Turn ignition switch off
2) Set fan control dial (left knob) to off and temp control dial (right knob) to MAX cool
3) Turn ignition switch on (position 2) and select any vent mode (choice of four flap positions for air direction)
4) While pressing & holding the A/C button, press the recirculation button (directly below the A/C button) a total of five times within ten seconds. Release the A/C button as the recirculation indicator (lamp on the recirculation button) will blink two times and then commence the self-diagnostic
5) If any faults are found, the recirculation indicator will blink once or numerous times which indicates a fault and a required trip to the Honda dealer for subsequent estimate and repair
6) To restore system, turn ignition switch off

Hope this helps!

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Hope you get it fixed...you're going to need it. Forcast today: 92.
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Re: Air Conditioning Broken!

This happened to me last year. A some object flew up from the road and poked a hole in my condenser. I had to have it replaced.

I contacted my auto insurance company and filed an accident claim. They agreed that it was an accident and paid all but the $100 deductible. Saved me $600.
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Hope you get it fixed...you're going to need it. Forcast today: 92.
Just great, heh. Durham is where we are headed!

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This happened to me last year. A some object flew up from the road and poked a hole in my condenser. I had to have it replaced.

I contacted my auto insurance company and filed an accident claim. They agreed that it was an accident and paid all but the $100 deductible. Saved me $600.
That is good to know. I'll keep that in mind - thanks!

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