AC Compressor Replacement Estimate for Kia Optima

Kia Optima AC Compressor Replacement costs $987 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

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$463 to $2947
Labor: $168 -$296
Parts: $295 -$2651
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$814 to 5646
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$569 to 3622
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CarServiceYourMechanic PriceShop/Dealer Price
2001 Kia OptimaL4-2.4LService typeAC Compressor ReplacementYourMechanic Price$487.02Shop/Dealer Price$601.63 - $867.03
2005 Kia OptimaV6-2.7LService typeAC Compressor ReplacementYourMechanic Price$770.13Shop/Dealer Price$955.10 - $1424.65
2011 Kia OptimaL4-2.4LService typeAC Compressor ReplacementYourMechanic Price$1032.39Shop/Dealer Price$1280.44 - $1913.32
2005 Kia OptimaL4-2.4LService typeAC Compressor ReplacementYourMechanic Price$502.77Shop/Dealer Price$621.41 - $898.71
2004 Kia OptimaL4-2.4LService typeAC Compressor ReplacementYourMechanic Price$509.08Shop/Dealer Price$629.22 - $911.19
2011 Kia OptimaL4-2.0L TurboService typeAC Compressor ReplacementYourMechanic Price$1047.37Shop/Dealer Price$1299.06 - $1943.10
2009 Kia OptimaV6-2.7LService typeAC Compressor ReplacementYourMechanic Price$1162.22Shop/Dealer Price$1443.51 - $2182.23
2012 Kia OptimaL4-2.4LService typeAC Compressor ReplacementYourMechanic Price$1279.39Shop/Dealer Price$1589.33 - $2407.57
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Parts required for a Kia Optima AC Compressor Replacement

$20 to $42
$240 to $2574

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Peter
38 years of experience
Peter showed up early to beat the heat. Handed over my van keys and he immediately started working. Work completed ahead of schedule. He answered all of my questions. He talked with and showed me future issues that will need to be addressed. He is very knowledgeable and a professional at all times. Will definitely recommend him to friends and family.
2005 KIA SEDONA - AC COMPRESSOR REPLACEMENT
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Allen
31 years of experience
Very friendly and went above and beyond to get the job done!
2001 KIA OPTIMA - AC COMPRESSOR REPLACEMENT
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Rusty
18 years of experience
It was a bit hassled with the reps at the center but Rusty took charge it seemed and got the job done for me. Was very polite and kind. And quick.
2008 KIA OPTIMA - THROTTLE BODY REPLACEMENT
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Luis
12 years of experience
He was professional and courteous but I have to jump my car off every time I want to go somewhere. The lights and everything comes on fine so I think something from the battery may not be connected to the starter properly. I say this because a friend had a similar problem. Now I have to call again. Thankfully I am off but its a Sunday so I don't know if I will be able to get anyone.
2004 KIA OPTIMA - STARTER REPLACEMENT
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All about AC Compressor Replacement

An AC system has many components: compressor, condenser, receiver dryer, evaporator, and hoses. The compressor, the “heart” of the car’s air conditioning system works like a pump taking refrigerant, (R-12 in older cars, R-134a in 1995 and newer cars) and pressurizing it, passing it along to the evaporator. The AC compressor has several moving parts (including pistons and valves). These internal parts can fail, causing the AC compressor to stop working. It is common for the internal parts of the compressor to come apart and disperse metallic debris throughout the system. Consequently, it is a requirement to replace the orifice tube and the receiver dryer when replacing the compressor since some of the debris may have ended up there. For an AC compressor to work, it needs a clutch, bearing, and an electrical connector. The clutch is driven by a drive/serpentine belt, which engages the compressor when you switch on the AC. The clutch can burn or the bearing can fail. If the bearing or clutch have failed, it is recommended that the compressor be replaced. Sometimes replacing the entire compressor with a remanufactured one can be cheaper than replacing an individual clutch or bearings. It is also common for the seals in the AC compressor to go bad. The compressor may start leaking refrigerant and/or the AC oil. If the seals no longer hold, you will need a new compressor, as the seals cannot be replaced. A compressor may also fail if there is sludge or debris in the air conditioning system. If there is sludge or debris, the hoses, evaporator, and condenser should be flushed to get rid of the contaminants. When it is not possible to flush the parts, you may need to replace those parts.

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