Make sure the water valve is positioned correctly. The water valve is a directional valve and should be installed with the arrow pointing towards the water pump. If the water valve is connected to the incorrect hose, it allows water to circulate through the system via the heater core overpowering the cooling effect of the a/c coil.
Check placement of the water valve, all our systems REQUIRE the water valve in the return line going to the water pump, correct if needed. In some cases, changing the location of the water valve may not fix the above problem because the internal water valve has been damaged.
If changing the location of the water valve does not rectify the issue the possibly the water valve is permanently damaged and may need to be replaced. To check the integrity of the water valve, completely remove the water hoses for the heater core and loop together (this will remove the heater system completely from the possibilities.) If the system now cools, replace the water valve.
Verify adequate air flow to condenser. For air conditioning systems to function properly, there has to be adequate air flow across the condenser. The function of the condenser is to dissipate heat. Without proper air flow, your system will not cool correctly.
TESTING AIRFLOW TO THE CONDENSER:
• Place a piece of paper on the condenser with the car in idle and see if the paper is held in place.
• With the car in idle, attach gauges and place a large capacity fan in front of the condenser. What happens to the pressures?
• With car still in idle and gauges attached, pour water down the front of the condenser. What happens to the pressures? If the paper is held in place, you are at least getting some air flow. If the high side decreases during test 2 & 3, then your condenser is not getting enough air which is causing your system to not cool properly. To correct this issue, you will need a more powerful mechanical fan.
Confirm correct refrigerant charge in system. All of our systems should be charged with 24 oz. or 1.8lbs of R134 refrigerant only. If overcharged, you will need to evacuate the system and recharge with the correct amount.