Air conditioner is not working

Tiny
LILIAS
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET VENTURE
  • 3.4L
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 110,200 MILES
I had it recharged with dye after noticing the air conditioner was not cooling, although the fan and compressor were working. That coolant leaked out within five days. The mechanic looked at it and said the coolant was leaking out at the compressor. He pointed it out, but I could not see any evidence of a leak there. He said that the compressor needed to be replaced, even though it had still been going on and off as it was supposed to do. I have reason to believe this person may have been trying to take advantage of me.
Can anyone tell me if that really is necessary or is it possible to just to repair the actual leak and tubes leading to that point?
Since this car is seventeen years old and has other issues that need repair, I need to know the best and least expensive way to get the air conditioner going (and have it last a reasonable amount of time). I am a disabled senior and in Texas where it is already hotter than blazes. Can anyone tell me the best way to go about this and make my car usable this summer?
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Thursday, July 7th, 2016 AT 10:02 PM

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Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Good morning.

We are here and not there. I cannot see it or touch it. Based on past experience, compressor leaking on your vehicle is common.
If you do not believe him, take it for a second opinion to be sure the part is leaking Freon.

Roy
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Friday, July 8th, 2016 AT 6:13 AM
Tiny
KEN L
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Hello,

Yes the compressor is a common leaking point for any car, I have seen if one of the refrigerant tubes has rubbed through it can also make a leak. You will need to use a leak detector to find it.

here is a guide that might help you

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-air-conditioner-not-working-or-is-weak

Let us know how it goes so it can help others

Best, Ken
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Friday, July 8th, 2016 AT 11:32 AM

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