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How Long Does an AC Condenser Last?

AC condenser

Your car’s air conditioner system has a lot of different components, including the compressor, the receiver dryer, the hoses, the evaporator, and the condenser. The condenser is the component that converts gas into cooled liquid.

Most people do not use their air conditioning every day, but just the same, in hot weather it is difficult to do without. And if the condenser fails, that is exactly what will happen – no cool air will blow from the AC.

There are two things that can cause an AC condenser to fail: leakage and blockage. Leakage is typically a result of ordinary wear and tear, and blockage can occur due to contamination by road debris. Your AC condenser is somewhat vulnerable, because it is located at the front of your vehicle. In either case, you will need a new condenser, and probably various other components as well. The good news is that even though your AC condenser is somewhat vulnerable to damage and wear, most of the time you can expect it to last the life of your car.

Signs that your AC condenser needs to be replaced include:

  • Leaking
  • Air not as cool as it should be
  • No cool air at all

If you think that your AC condenser has become damaged and needs to be replaced, consult an experienced mechanic. An experienced mechanic can diagnose the problem for you, and if necessary, replace the AC condenser.

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