I own a 2003 Ford Taurus and the a/c started "cutting out". It would get warm and then we'd shut it off for about 20-30 minutes and it work again for about 20 minutes. My father-in-law recharged it and it worked better than it has since I've owned it. Two days later it quit working altogether and then the service engine light came on. What could the problem be and can we fix it without taking it to a mechanic?
You must do two things here, first you will have to get a scan done to check for the set fault codes as indicated by the light on, secondly, I feel the the A/C system has a leak, you will have to get the system part charged and add a leak detector dye to try and help find any possible system leaks, start here.