How Long Does an AC Compressor Last?

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As long as your car is running the way it should, you probably don’t even think about all the parts that are working under the hood. Your air conditioning (AC) compressor is one such part that is used every day, and you probably don’t even consider it until your air conditioning stops working. As you might guess from its name, the AC compressor compresses refrigerated air, and delivers it to the condenser, where it is converted into a cooling gas that chills the air in your vehicle’s passenger compartment. Then, it converts the cooled gas back to liquid, and returns it to the compressor unit.

As with many accessories in your car, it is difficult to say with any accuracy how long the AC compressor will last. It depends on the age of your car, and how often you use your AC. As your car ages, and as the AC compressor sustains a lot of use, parts will inevitably begin to malfunction. Then, you end up with little cool air (or even no cool air) in your passenger compartment. Usually, though, you can expect that you will get 8-10 years of use from your AC compressor, and for many drivers, that essentially means the life of the car.

So, what can cause an AC compressor to fail? There is a bit of a paradox here. Overuse can cause the AC compressor to fail, but by the same token, so can too little use. To keep your AC compressor running properly, you should use the AC for about ten minutes per month, even in winter.

Signs that your AC compressor is failing include:

  • Coolant leaks
  • Noise when your AC is switched on
  • Sporadic cooling

If you think that your AC compressor has seen better days, you should have it checked, and if necessary, replaced. A professional mechanic can replace your AC compressor so that you can enjoy effective climate control in your vehicle, regardless of its age.


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Brian

22 years of experience
337 reviews
Brian
22 years of experience
Jeep Grand Cherokee - AC Compressor - Orange Park, Florida
Brian was ontime and was able to fix our air conditioner right in our driveway. He was thorough and professional. We definitely call on him again!
Infiniti M35 - AC Compressor - Jacksonville, Florida
I was overwhelmingly impressed by the work done by Brian. He is a professional. His expertise was demonstrated at the very start by the way he approached the job to be done. Whether I was being fooled or being prepped to be bamboozled by the shop that did the diagnostic of the problem, Brian's work and effectiveness put them to shame, I hate to say. Had I left my car at that shop, I would have been taken to the cleaners (x3) if I include renting a car for 10 days while they work on it. Sad. I am very happy to have found this website (yourMechanic.com) and feel very comfortable to use their services in the near future.

Horus

10 years of experience
122 reviews
Horus
10 years of experience
Ford F-250 Super Duty - AC Compressor - New Braunfels, Texas
He did an awesome job. Worked hard all day and even fixed something else he noticed was going on. Highly recommend.
Ford Fusion - AC Compressor - San Antonio, Texas
Horus was in communication with the time of arrival. He arrived and immediately began his diagnostic procedures. He was very friendly and efficient. Answered all the questions I had and gave me an understandable explanation of what was causing the problem with the air conditioner and the solution to repair . Gave me a quote and set today to replace the compressor. Arrived and immediately began working and completed the job in the quoted time frame. Rechecked his work. Would definitely book Horus again.

Peter

42 years of experience
1301 reviews
Peter
42 years of experience
Ford Taurus - AC Compressor - Phoenix, Arizona
peter arrived on time and was very polite. Asked several questions about what my problem was and got right to work.
Ford Five Hundred - AC Compressor - New River, Arizona
Peter is an amazing mechanic, prompt, knowledgable and friendly. We will definitely be booking him in the future when our vehicles need maintenance. 10/10

Travis

12 years of experience
392 reviews
Travis
12 years of experience
Kia Forte - AC Compressor - Minneapolis, Minnesota
From diagnosis to repairs, Travis was on time, professional, helpful and spot on! I'll use him again and again!

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