Where To Buy Refrigerant for a Car or Truck R134a R12

By | June 2, 2023

Where To Buy Refrigerant for a Car or Truck R134a R12
If your car or truck is not cooling and needs refrigerant added, depending on the type, it can be bought at many locations.

Refrigerant can be bought in small bottles called recharging kits at Auto Part stores, Amazon, or eBay.

Example R134 on Amazon
Supertech R-134a Refrigerant Automotive use in a 12oz Self-Sealing Container

Types of Car and Truck Air Conditioning Refrigerants

There are different types of refrigerants used, such as R-134a, which is used on newer cars, and R-12, which was used in the 80s and 90s.

If your car or truck was made after 1994, then it likely uses R134a.

Before 1994 R-12 was the main refrigerant used in cars and trucks.

If your car uses R-12, it can no longer be bought, and it is likely time to upgrade the vehicle’s AC system.

Most shops recommend upgrading an R-12 system to the new R-134a, which can be a costly upgrade.

To find out the type of refrigerant your car uses, look under the hood for a label or simply Google your make and model for the Refrigerant type used.

How To Add Refrigerant to a Car or Truck Air Conditioning System

Refrigerant can be bought in single cans or as a kit that will have a hose attached to it.

The single cans cost less but will need a hose to add refrigerant to a car or truck.

  • If you have a single vehicle, a kit with a hose already attached is likely best.
  • If you plan to add refrigerant to many vehicles, the single cans with a detachable hose are likely best.

The refrigerant cans that come with a recharging kit will have a gauge built into them that shows the pressure of the system.
Where to Buy R134a Freon For a Car or Truck

The kits will have an easy connection that goes to the low-pressure connector of the vehicle.
Where to Buy Freon For a Car or Truck R134a R12 Refrigerant
The low-pressure side is always the big hose.

The hose will have a quick connection to attach, and a gauge will add the correct amount while the system is running.
Where to Buy r12 Freon For a Car or Truck

Buying refrigerant and adding it to a car or truck is easy to do and falls in the DIY category.

R134a is by far the most common refrigerant used but be sure to double-check under the hood or google the type.

Take care when handling refrigerants. Also, remember Refrigerant refrigerant is a contaminant and can be harmful.

Never smoke around refrigerant as it can turn deadly when it burns and enters the lungs.

A burst of refrigerant will freeze anything close, including body parts, possibly causing frostbite.

Always wear goggles as a safety precaution. If in doubt, take it to a professional shop.

Category: HVAC how to

About Aaron H. Benetti

Aaron H. Benetti an HVAC technician who has worked in the field since 1991. He began his career as an HVAC installer and later began doing troubleshooting and repairs. Around 2010, he began to write books on HVAC topics, mainly tutorials and how-to information. Currently, Aaron works as an HVAC tech and also writes many articles and posts for websites as well as books and videos on HVAC topics.

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