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

21 years of experience
238 reviews
Brian
21 years of experience
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.
Mercury Montego - AC Compressor - Jacksonville, Florida
Brian was here on time and did the work in the time required for the ac compressor replacement. He was courteous and explained the process to me thoroughly. I'm very happy with the result and would love to have Brian as my mechanic again.

Horus

9 years of experience
88 reviews
Horus
9 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

41 years of experience
1231 reviews
Peter
41 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

Terry

28 years of experience
223 reviews
Terry
28 years of experience
Ford Ranger - Car AC Compressor Replacement - Glendale, Arizona
Terry arrived on time, very friendly, knowledgeable and he fixed my ac in a timely manner. I will book Terry again for future repairs.
Ford Ranger - AC Compressor - Tempe, Arizona
terry turned a bad situation into a very pleasant one. talking to the people on the phone was a nightmare, and I hope no one ever has to experience what I did. but terry on the other hand, was a pleasure to have been assigned to repair my vehicle. he is a true professional. he knows his trade well. if I were to need auto services in the future, and if I used My Mechanic, I would only allow terry to work on my truck.

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