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So, back in December I hit a cone going about 80 on the freeway. Caused about $4500 in damages.
One of the items that was replaced was the AC condenser.
Anyway, when I picked up the car after the repairs I noticed the AC took a little time to get cooler than it did before. I didn’t really think too much about it and being it’s winter time I haven’t used it since. Well, yesterday I turn it on and get nothing but hot air.
Now , I look at the condenser and see a dirty area at one of the connections as shown in the attached picture.
Sure looks like the leak to me, do you agree?

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Typically an A/C leak will be a florescent green because the oil is dyed to make leaks easier to detect. It is also easily washed away with water and a system that has been empty for some time can make a leak very difficult to see. The best way to find a leak is filling the system. I would suggest bringing it back to where the repair was done and have them refill the system and see if a leak is present from something related to what they replaced or something they missed.
That looks like a hole to me. But I'm not there, so it's hard to say.

To see the dye that Downermazda was talking about, a blacklight is best.
At this point and going that ;long you may have a few things now need to be replaced in you HVAC system. I am also wonder how you kept the widow defrosted as the MAZDA like most vehicles uses the HVAC defrost that actuates the AC compressor which all help dry the air in the defrost setting? Never the less there is nothing you can do at this point except take it to a shop that specializes in HAVC or Mazda .
I am going to go out on the limb and estimate you cost to get the AC up and running looking at the pictures and your description how and when it was running about 1500-2500 USD. (Based on average labor hourly rate west coast ) So I would be prepared for the "COST SHOCK"!

If it was covered under your insurance there is always a very slim chance you can get it covered by claiming the AC system and that part was should have been replaced? You can also use the fact that because cooler months came directly after your repair you were not aware of the AC not working.
The only problem is when the shop recharged the AC they should have used a test to make sure there were no leaks. If they did than you may not be able to use that argument?

Good Luck!
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This is where the insurance company guaranteed work shop thing comes in handy. My daughter's Mazda 3 was hit by someone years ago and after the repair something didn't work a few weeks later and the shop was deflecting and a call to USAA which guaranteed that shop's work got them to just fix it right.
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