Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC Condenser

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing AC Condenser

If your AC is cooling your car significantly less than usual or there are leaks from the AC system, you may need to replace your AC condenser. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for AC Condenser Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Chevrolet Orlando $707 $399.38 $308.00 18% $872.38
2014 Ford Focus $596 $399.95 $196.00 14% $700.95
2009 Mazda Tribute $463 $287.95 $175.00 16% $556.70
2010 BMW Z4 $513 $324.35 $189.00 16% $614.60
2011 Mercedes-Benz B200 $624 $427.94 $196.00 14% $728.94
2013 Jaguar XFR $960 $455.95 $504.00 21% $1229.95
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing AC Condenser?

AC Condenser

The AC condenser is a very important component found on virtually all modern automotive AC systems. Its primary function is to convert the refrigerant coming from the compressor from a high temperature, high pressure vapor into a high pressure liquid through condensation. Similar to how the cooling system radiator functions, the vehicle moves cool air passes through the condenser fins, cooling the refrigerant as it passes through until it is liquified. The cooled liquid refrigerant is what is used to cool the cabin when the AC is turned on.

As all of the AC system’s refrigerant passes directly through the condenser, if there is any problem with the condenser, it can negatively affect the operation of the entire system and should be replaced if necessary. There will usually be a few ways to spot a bad or failing condenser.

Significantly reduced cooling

One of the first symptoms of a failed or failing AC compressor is reduced cooling. If the condenser is damaged in any way and results in the restriction of refrigerant flow, then the entire cooling system will work less efficiently. If the refrigerant cannot flow properly, then the amount of cool air that the system can produce will be significantly reduced.

Noticeable leaks

A more obvious sign of condenser failure will be a noticeable leak. Over time, the condenser can begin to leak either due to age or damage. When the condenser leaks, depending where and how big the leak is, all of the high pressure refrigerant can and will eventually leak out, disabling the entire AC system. When it begins to leak it must be replaced as a whole since the condenser is one piece.

If you suspect that you may be having a problem with your AC condenser, then have it looked at by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic. If necessary, they will be able to replace your AC condenser, as it is a critical component to the operation of the vehicle’s AC system.

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Peter

40 years of experience
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Peter
40 years of experience
He was fantastic! Super nice and efficient!!
2013 SCION XB - AC CONDENSER REPLACEMENT - PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Ben

38 years of experience
883 reviews
Ben
38 years of experience
Ben was prompt, friendly and completed the job in half the estimated time. A/c is working again to get me through the Texas summer.
2010 FORD ESCAPE - AC CONDENSER - HOUSTON, TEXAS

James

28 years of experience
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James
28 years of experience
As an older, single woman I have had some terrible experiences with auto repair services. Your mechanic made the repair process perfect from start to finish. I found your service extremely convenient, the response time is fantastic, and the online site is very user friendly. Recently I had to wait 4 hours for rear brake pad replacement, and that was with an appointment and being told it would take 1 hour. Having a mechanic come to my work meant that I did not miss any time from my job. I have recommended your service to other women at my job who are also nervous about being taken advantage of by auto repair shops. Thank you for providing a service I can rely on.
1999 TOYOTA RAV4 - AC CONDENSER - IRVINE, CALIFORNIA

Peter

40 years of experience
1059 reviews
Peter
40 years of experience
Peter was an hour early and I felt terrible because I wasn’t able to give him more time for the engine to cool down- as much as that counts for being in the AZ heat. Unfortunately there was another issue Peter found while working on my AC condenser- he ended up fixing it thankfully but I felt so bad that he was in this brutal sun all day working on my car. After he was finished, we ran my car to see how the AC was doing- I was happy to just have anything but the heat yet he wasn’t content with what I was receiving. Peter went above and beyond for me with his work and took the time to educate me... I am so thankful I found this company/was connected with this wonderful man. Please please please give him a damn raise because he deserves that and so much more. I will be using this company again in hopes to be taken care of by Peter. Thank you so much!!
2011 CHRYSLER 200 - AC CONDENSER - PHOENIX, ARIZONA

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