The chemicals were inexpensive and thought to be benign in the atmosphere.
And while you think it's bad enough that you have to suffer at home, think of how hot it must be inside your car! All you have to do is hit a button, and your ride will instantly chill down to a comfy 62 degrees?
That's all well and good, but what are you gonna do when you hit that button and nothing happens? If your car is around eight to 10 years old, there's a chance that the air conditioning system only needs some refrigerant.
Your coolant has leaked out, and you can’t just top it up.
It’s illegal to add a gas to your system that depletes the ozone (in Canada, usually R134A); you have to find the leak, and this is where the fun begins.
Pep Boys charges $45 to diagnose an A/C problem, which isn't too bad, especially when you can also find a handful of online coupons, too.