Subaru Wagon Impreza 1996. Automatic, 1600cc.

  • The gas (refrigerant) has been refilled recently, so that's all good.
  • The air seems to be colder when the revs are higher (>2,500 rpm or thereabouts).
  • But then if I'm idling at a stop, the air seems to not be cold anymore.

I've also been able to make the air colder by simply switching off the aircon and switching it on again whilst driving.

I thought maybe it could be a fanbelt that is slipping, or worn? Do aircon's have fanbelts?

  • Does the heat go cold at Idle also?
    – mikes
    Commented Jan 7, 2014 at 1:58
  • Yes, "idle" like when I'm stopped at the lights. The revs are just below 1,000 rpm and the air loses it's "coolth"
    – Michael
    Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 2:41

1 Answer 1


Several items to look into:

  • Even though your refrigerant has been refilled recently there is a chance that you have a leak and your compressor is cutting on/off. Double check that you still have adequate pressure.
  • If the air is only cold when you are moving then that might point to your radiator fans not running and pulling air across your condenser. Verify that the fans are running.
  • Yes, your A/C compressor runs on a drivebelt. It is never a bad idea to check your belts. Make sure they aren't worn and that the tension in the belt is still within specs.

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