Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. How Long Does an AC Receiver Dryer Last?

How Long Does an AC Receiver Dryer Last?

AC receiver dryer

The AC receiver dryer is a disposable component, in much the same way as an air filter or an oil filter is disposable. It serves to filter the air conditioning system from anything that is not condensable. The oil in the refrigerant holds moisture and allows debris to remain in the system. Also, when moisture combines with refrigerant, hydrochloric acid is formed, and this can be very damaging to AC components.

The receiver dryer contains desiccant pellets that absorb moisture. Once they have absorbed a great deal of moisture, they will no longer serve their purpose, and the receiver dryer will need to be replaced.

Unless you use the air conditioner in your vehicle a great deal, the receiver dryer will last a long time – about three years. At that point, the desiccant pellets will have deteriorated to the point that they will actually break down, clog up the expansion valve, and possibly even damage the compressor. Signs that your AC receiver dryer needs to be replaced are:

  • Significant variance in the passenger compartment temperature
  • Unusual sounds when running your air conditioner

Any time your air conditioning system is serviced, the receiver dryer should be replaced. Otherwise, you could end up with costly repairs. If you suspect that your AC receiver dryer has stopped functioning as it should, you should have it checked out. An experienced mechanic can analyze your AC system to identify any problems, and if necessary, replace the AC receiver dryer.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P0477 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Pressure Control Valve Low
P0477 code means that the PCM has detected an abnormally low voltage reading often due to the exhaust back pressure control valve circuit.


Related questions

Q: Q: Code p0128

Your vehicle does not have a coolant sensor and uses the cylinder head temperature sensor to do both jobs. The system uses this sensor to sense both the coolant and head temperature. If your vehicle fan is running all the...

Q: When i cut on my defrost there is a pinging sound that the car makes for bout 15 secs .

The pinging noise may be the a/c mode door actuator motor moving and if it is making a clicking noise then it may be bad and need replaced. For the engine noise this would need to be listened to by...

Q: My air conditioner is not working on my 2006 Honda Odyssey, do you think it is the clutch

Hello. It is possible that the clutch or the compressor is bad, but most of the time on this vehicle the primary cause of an air conditioning failure when the system is full is a bad clutch relay. The relay...