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Hey everyone,
I don’t know if I’m being paranoid or if I actually have a problem with my ac.
On a hot SoCal day (95+ degrees), I’ll start the car and turn my ac to “lo”. If I let the car sit idle for 10-15 minutes the temperature from the vents will remain at about 60-70 degrees. The only way the ac will get any cooler is if I drive around for 10-15 minutes. At that point it’ll get to 45-50 degrees. There’s a range, marked in green, on the thermometer but it never gets that low. But it’s cold enough where I lower the fan.
I bought one of those ac thermometer off of Amazon to check the temperature.
I always make sure eco mode is off and I turn off the auto idle.
I took it to the dealer and they ran an ac diagnostic but they said everything was fine.
I’m about to take the car to another dealer or pay an ac specialist to diagnose it.
Does Honda’s ac just suck or is something wrong with mine?!
 

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Yeah, it seems like at idle (at least initially after just turning on the car) AC doesn't get as cool as it could be and as it does after driving for a bit. Noticed it on some other models too, like CR-V, although an earlier Accord didn't really experience this.

Also somewhat interesting is that if you start the car remotely it will start cooling down on its own and that seems to be somewhat cooler than just turning on the car and running AC while idling. Or maybe it just seems that way.
 

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Yup. I read about making sure the ac was set to recirculate. And I double checked just to be sure. I’m gonna take it to a 3rd party ac guy when it’s supposed to get near 100 this week. Thanks!
 

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If you review these forums you’ll see a few complaints about 2019 AC, mine included. The dealer replaced my receiver/dryer assembly and it now cools quickly even on hot days. The dealer admitted there are a lot of issues with the new Pilot AC, but said most were o-ring leaks. It may be worth finding another dealer.
 

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So I ended up going to a 3rd party AC place. They did a pressure test and did not find any issues. They said the Freon was slightly low (after the dealer stated that they had filled it). He mentioned 2.6 vs 2.3 (not sure how significant that is). But now I have all these questions. So now I'm wondering if there is a leak. But wouldn't the pressure test have caught that?
Do you have any idea how the dealer would diagnose the receiver/dryer or o-ring issue?
I'd like to be informed before going to a new dealer.
 
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