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Old 06-01-2019, 11:56 AM   #1
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Can I still buy refrigerant?

I realized today that I donít think my new bus has the AC working.

I have 1997 e350 short bus. I was told they stopped selling the refrigerant I would need to just recharge my system.

Is this true and/or what are my options. Thank you in advance!
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What refrigerant did it use?
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for a 97 e350 it should still run what is available at any auto parts store.
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The old R22 refrigerant is still available, but will be phased out by next year. R134 was introduced in 1992 and took over the automotive market entirely in 1994 and is readily available in most auto parts stores and a recharge kit will run around $30 for a DIY kit. R134 will also be phased out next year. The new replacement will be 1234YF, and it will be crazy expensive. They're talking a $100 jug of R134 will be $700-$800 in 1234YF.
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The old R22 refrigerant is still available, but will be phased out by next year. R134 was introduced in 1992 and took over the automotive market entirely in 1994 and is readily available in most auto parts stores and a recharge kit will run around $30 for a DIY kit. R134 will also be phased out next year. The new replacement will be 1234YF, and it will be crazy expensive. They're talking a $100 jug of R134 will be $700-$800 in 1234YF.


I think portions of SNAP were eliminated or pushed back. Production of R-134a systems may be phased out, but the refrigerant should still be available.

When R-134a replaced R-12/22 it was quite expensive but prices fell as it became the new standard. The same is likely to happen with R-1234yf.

Regardless of OPs system, there should be some way to get it working, either with the original refrigerant or a drop in conversion.
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I realized today that I donít think my new bus has the AC working.

I have 1997 e350 short bus. I was told they stopped selling the refrigerant I would need to just recharge my system.

Is this true and/or what are my options. Thank you in advance!

as far as I know, the old refrigerant can be replaced with the new approved product - most auto repair places could give you a definitive answer about that
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R134a can be replaced with 1234YF. R22 cannot be replaced with R134a or 1234YF.
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Thank you, how do I find out?
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Thank you, how do I find out?


Usually there are labels under the hood or close to the service ports.
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Thank you, how do I find out?

check with your local garage or dealer - they will have that information
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