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Hi all, my wife and I recently bought a 2014 T5 and since going over it, I’ve came across an issue where the pipes coming out of the AC compressor look like they have been cut, does anyone know If this is normal or what the reason would be for cutting these pipes?
We knew the AC wasn’t working when we bought the T5 but didn’t realise the Potential issue with the pipe system. Is this easy to fix?
 

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Did it originally have a rear heater with aircon that's been taken out, it's not obvious. to me anyway. where the cuts are. Seems an odd thing to do TBH.
 

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That looks like the hose has become detached from what seems to be very suspect inline joiners, systems like this where the compressor and rest of system have been open to the air for who knows how long can be almost impossible to quote on. In this case I could only suggest to take it to a qualified repairer for assessment, even that can be expensive.
 

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Hi all, I have spoken to an auto air-con specialist and the end result is he thinks a commercial fridge was installed and then removed when the first owner wanted to sell the van on. This all makes sense as the specialist pointed out the condenser, AC compressor and the pipes that were cut are retrofit from a manufacturer called Thermotec. Unortunately this means I have to salvage from T 5 breakers to restore the OEM A/C. Thanks for your responses.
 

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If that means that the pipes have been open for only a short while then I would get them plugged asap to prevent moisture getting inside. But if they have been open for a while I would think that the compressor will have to be replaced (as well as the pipes, obviously).
 

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Good advice from triffic, I did many years repairing refrigeration and if any part of the system gets contaminated and can't be purged sufficiently then it's total renewal so plug it up.
Fingers crossed🤞
 

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Unfortunately I am not sure how long the pipes have been exposed to the elements. It is not an original OEM compressor so plan to take all non OEM a/c components off and refit salvaged parts etc.
 
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