Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC Receiver Dryer

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing AC Receiver Dryer

If you see signs of refrigerant leakage, hear rattling noises, or smell mold coming from the AC, you may have to replace the AC receiver dryer. 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 Car AC Receiver Dryer Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Nissan Titan $340 $116.34 $224.00 26% $460.34
2014 Subaru Outback $283 $114.60 $168.00 24% $372.60
2008 Dodge Magnum $385 $132.55 $252.00 25% $519.55
2011 BMW 740Li $414 $127.02 $287.00 27% $567.77
2008 Cadillac Escalade $319 $143.98 $175.00 22% $412.73
2003 BMW M3 $276 $128.91 $147.00 22% $354.66
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing AC Receiver Dryer?

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The AC receiver dryer is a component of the AC system that works together in tandem with all of the other components to produce cold air for the vehicle. The receiver dryer serves as a temporary storage container for the refrigerant, as well as a filter that removes debris and moisture from the system. It is a chambered canister that is filled with desiccant - a moisture absorbing material. The receiver dryer’s function is to store refrigerant for the system during periods of low cooling demand and filter out moisture and particles that can be harmful to the system.

When the dryer is not functioning correctly, it can cause problems with the rest of the AC system, including problems that can potentially lead to damage to other components. Usually the receiver dryer will produce a few symptoms to the system that will alert the driver of a potential problem that should be inspected.

1. Signs of refrigerant leakage

One of the first symptoms that a bad or failing receiver dryer will display is leakage. Because the receiver dryer stores refrigerant, it is more prone to leaks than some of the other components of the system. In minor cases, you will see a film or drips of refrigerant along the underside or near the fittings of the receiver dryer. While in more severe cases, there will be pools of refrigerant present under the car. If this problem is allowed to linger, the system can quickly become empty of refrigerant, which will cause your AC to eventually cease function and even incur permanent damage from overheating.

2. Rattling noises

Rattling noises may be another indicator that the receiver dryer may be having a problem. Receiver dryers are chambered, so any rattling during operation can be a potential sign of internal damage or contamination to the chambers. Rattling can also be caused by fittings, if they become loose or damaged. In either case, any sort of rattling noises from the receiver dryer should be addressed as soon as they are heard to prevent any other possible problems.

3. Moldy smell from the AC

Another symptom of a bad or failing receiver dryer is a moldy smell from the vehicle’s AC. The receiver dryer is designed to remove moisture from the system, and if it is unable to do so for any reason, this can lead to mold or mildew. The mold or mildew will usually produce a noticeable smell that will become pronounced when the AC system is in use. This usually happens when the accumulator moisture absorbing desiccant inside the compressor needs to be replaced, or the accumulator has cracked and excessive moisture is allowed in.

Because the receiver dryer serves as a storage canister and filter for the system’s refrigerant, it is very important to the proper operation of the AC system. If you suspect that you may be having a problem with the receiver dryer, or perhaps another component of the AC, have the AC inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic. They will be able to replace your receiver dryer if necessary.

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Rodney

33 years of experience
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Good experienced skills
1996 HONDA CIVIC - AC RECEIVER DRYER - TRACY, CALIFORNIA

Ben

38 years of experience
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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 RECEIVER DRYER - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Peter

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Peter
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Very professional at what he doesi have recommend Peter to my friends when they need work on there cars overall rate a 10
1995 CADILLAC DEVILLE - AC RECEIVER DRYER - SURPRISE, ARIZONA

Ben

38 years of experience
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Ben
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Ben was not only very courteous and professional but very efficient and informative. He photographed each step and showed me the defected part and what the problem was Highly recommend him and will use him for any future work... 
2006 SATURN VUE - AC RECEIVER DRYER - HOUSTON, TEXAS

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