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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Jeremy

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Jeremy
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Cadillac ATS - AC Compressor - Boynton Beach, Florida
Very knowledgeable, friendly and professional demeanor. On time, and completed the job without any additional assistance on my part. Thank you.
Mini Cooper Countryman - AC Compressor - Boynton Beach, Florida
After a slight delay due to parts issues, Jeremy arrived just as planned and did a great job replacing the compressor on our Daughter's Mini Cooper. He knew exactly what had to be done, completed the repair faster than anticipated and we were very pleased with his work. We would definitely request him again if we needed a great mechanic.

Gustavo

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Gustavo
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Hyundai Elantra GT - AC Compressor - San Antonio, Texas
Gustavo was on time, professional, and fast. He was a great mechanic to work with! Highly recommend!
Saturn Aura - AC Compressor - San Antonio, Texas
As I stated in a review for Gustavo on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, he is a sincere, professional mechanic! I am very satisfied with Mr. Gonzalez’s expertise! Thank you and, when needed, I will request your company and Gustavo Gonzalez! Continued Blessings, Sandy Arneson

Matthew

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Matthew
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Chevrolet Impala - AC Compressor - Newport News, Virginia
Great job !! Matt was on time and did a great job 11 wife happy with the new A/C "Happy Wife, Happy Life"
Saturn SL1 - AC Compressor - Hampton, Virginia
I live in Hampton, VA, and my mechanic was Matt. He was absolutely amazing. He was more competent and knowledgeable than any local shop that I've used to date. The prices are more than fair. In future, I will ALWAYS use this service unless it is a repair they don't offer. Thank you, YourMechanic and Matt, for an experience that was above and beyond my expectations.

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Volvo XC60 - AC Compressor - Plano, Texas
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Chevrolet Impala - AC Compressor - Dallas, Texas
Great mechanic helped me get back on the road when I was out of town on a holiday. Greatly appreciate the service.

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