My AC has never worked, I never thought to even check the fuses (I should know that's the first place to check when anything doesn't work!!). I just assumed a seized compressor and I've just lived with it. I wonder whether you might bring your gauges with you when you're over this way next...?If your compressor clutch isn't spinning, then you're not going to get a/c in the cabin. Need to find out why that's not happening. When you're doing a steady speed in 5th and you press the AC button - apart from the button lighting, which doesn't mean much - you should notice a slight drop in the revs or a bit less power going to the wheels, even if the AC's not cooling the cabin. If so, at least the instruction is getting through. First thing I'd check is the connector to the compressor. It's grey (often with a blue clip) and looks a bit like this one
Preferably, have someone at the wheel with the engine running while you have the bonnet up and staring at the compressor clutch. Get them to push in the AC switch. Nothing happens? Give the grey connector a good waggle, tug and thrust. You might find that the plate starts spinning around. If your assistant says "getting cold air now" then happy days. This connection can be a bit of a dud and might be why the instruction to spin is not getting passed on. Take my word for it, after the first speed bump or jolt, it'll go off again so get the connector replaced or have the wires soldered on and waterproofed. I hope it's just that - it would be a result.
If it just refuses to spin at all, and fuses F31 and F45 are ok... ...then you may have a seized compressor.
An AC system on a car is literally one of the things I know absolutely nothing about, so even if we get the "thingy" engaging/spinning, you're probably spot on with it having no gas in it regardless!!Shall do, remind me before I set off. HST, you've had no a/c all the time I've known you so I'm pretty sure the gauges will tell me that your refrigerant is nowhere in the system. Doesn't take much effort to find out, though, so I'll happily take the excuse to use them again. Having got a working a/c (three of them, actually, it's important to me) they tend to sit in the case doing s'dall. I bought them so I didn't get BSed any more by the 'specialists'.