Q: My air conditioner works and then it does not - does this sound like a compressor problem?

asked by on August 25, 2016

my air conditioner works and then it does not. Does this sound like a compressor problem
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. It is possible that the compressor clutch disengages when it gets hot. The more common problem is a compressor that may leak refrigerant out the front seal of the compressor. I recommend having the system pressure tested to see if the system is low on pressure or a cycling switch is not making contact. If you would like to have this looked at, a qualified professional, such as one from YourMechanic, can come to your car’s location to inspect the AC system and help you move forward with repairs.

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