AC Evaporator May Leak on Volvo C70

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A refrigerant leak may develop from the AC evaporator causing the AC to blow warm air. Verifying failure of this component is difficult. A good shop will use leak detection dye to verify a failing evaporator.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 89,375 (23,000–167,000)
9 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008
18 people reported this problem
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2008 Volvo C70 Evaporator leak. Cost to repair ~$1000. AC recharge is only about $60, so I may let it slide for a while.
We are in the middle of a heat wave and I am in between CA and AZ. I have paid for the AC to be filled 4 times. it still wont blow cold. even at night the coldest setting blows hot air in my face. It is so misriable I had to go move my 76 year old mom in AZ because she lost her home. No one seems to know haw to fix this problem. I cant afford a dealership. Every once in a great while the air does blow cool but it quickly is back to a sweat box before you get the chance to enjoy it.
AC runs for anywhere from 2 minutes to 10 minutes and possibly longer. The hotter it is outside the shorter it runs. Then it blows swampy warm air.
air condition is not working
The repair shop had to recharge the system to find the leak, even after the system earlier had been injected with a dye. They quoted a $1500 charge to fix. with $1,350 of the charge for labor. Have not decided wether it is worth it to fix.
Car repair conducted leak test to diagnose. Leaking evaporator was identified. $3K to replace.