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How to Buy a Good Quality A/C Compressor

Drivers have been enjoying the benefits of cool air comfort inside their vehicles since the late 1930s, when the Packard Motor Car Company introduced the former luxury feature as an option in consumer vehicles. Today, we view going without A/C in the car as an unbearable burden, and one that we want to rectify as quickly as possible.

The A/C compressor works by compressing refrigerant to be distributed throughout the air conditioning system. When your car’s A/C isn’t functioning properly it’s almost always one of two issues – low refrigerant (usually due to a leak) or a bad compressor. If you’ve checked the refrigerant level and it’s sufficient, the problem is almost surely the compressor.

A/C compressors may experience external failure or internal failure. External failure happens as a result of a malfunctioning clutch or pulley, or a refrigerant leak. This is the easier type of problem to fix. Internal failure can be detected by the presence of metal bits or flakes around the compressor. This type of damage can spread throughout the entire cooling system. In the event of internal failure it’s usually cheaper to replace the whole compressor.

How to make sure you’re getting a good quality A/C compressor:

  • Stick with new. While this part can be rebuilt, quality is very difficult to determine and can be spotty depending on the rebuilder.

  • Decide on aftermarket or OEM (original equipment manufacturer). Aftermarket parts can be high quality but they tend to bring down the vehicle’s value. With OEM you’re paying more but you know you’re getting a part that fits.

  • If you do opt for aftermarket, ask to see the part receipt and inspect the part. Make sure there aren’t any worn or rusty areas and that the part matches the receipt.

Replacing the A/C compressor itself is not a difficult job, however all of the seals must be placed with extreme accuracy, allowing no dust or particles into the gaps. This is typically a job better done by a seasoned expert.

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Travis

12 years of experience
425 reviews
Travis
12 years of experience
Jeep Liberty - Car AC Compressor Replacement - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Travis was able to come early, explained what he needed to do to make sure I was able to be up and running, showed me all that was done once he completed the work and also showed me the parts that were removed and replaced. Very pleased! I have working AC!!! Thanks Travis!
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!

Jay

36 years of experience
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Jay
36 years of experience
Chevrolet Traverse - Car AC Compressor Replacement - Redlands, California
Very pleasant and knowledgable and cleaned the area after completion thank you Jay and hoping the work speaks for it self thx again. Workmanship looked great
Mercedes-Benz ML350 - AC Compressor - Fontana, California
Great Guy  Great job he knows what he is doing you can't ask for a better Guy and well equipped for any job thanks again Jay

Brian

22 years of experience
379 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
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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.

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