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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Jean

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Mercedes-Benz ML350 V6-3.5L - AC Compressor - Tampa, Florida
Jean was timely, very professional and explained all aspects of the repairs being carried out. Highly recommended
Mitsubishi Lancer - AC Compressor - Zephyrhills, Florida
Jean arrived on time and able to replace the compressor in few hours. My AC started working great now. I will use this service in the near future.

Greg

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Mini Cooper L4-1.6L - Car AC Compressor Replacement - Phoenix, Arizona
Greg was absolutely wonderful. He showed up on time and gave me complete information on the service procedure. I will definitely request his presents on my next service call. Oh and not brag, but am an owner of 4 cars, 3 trucks and 2 RV's. Thanks again!
Nissan Rogue - AC Compressor - Surprise, Arizona
Prompt, explained exactly what he did, and even replaced clips that were missing/broken. Very pleasant, courteous, knowledgeable! Very satisfied! A/C works fantastic!

Jeremy

20 years of experience
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Jeremy
20 years of experience
Chevrolet Blazer V6-4.3L - AC Compressor - Boca Raton, Florida
Jeremy was on time, and did a great job of fixing my car. I will definitely use Jeremy for any work on my car!!!! I am so glad I found your company!!!!!!
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.

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Gustavo
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BMW Z4 L6-3.0L - AC Compressor - San Antonio, Texas
Gustavo was very professional, demonstrated high knowledge and skilled diagnosis of this vehicle's AC system problem. The results of his work was well worth the call to Your Machanic. And I will highly recommend this auto service to my friends and family.
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!

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