Q: No cooling, advised changing compressor. System is 3 years old - should it go bad so quickly ?

asked by on

I changed the entire A/C system (to be compatible with R134) in 2013. It had cost me about $1200. This year, the cooling is gone bad and I thought I needed a recharging. My nearby gas station filled up the gas, changed the valve and now has confirmed that I needed a new compressor plus drier.

My car has 160000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Unfortunately it is not unheard of for R134 converted vehicles to go through compressors more frequently. R134 requires higher running pressures than R12 did. Two things to make sure of this time around for longer compressor life.

  1. Make sure they put the correct amount of refrigerant oil in the system.

  2. Make certain they used a compressor that has been built/rebuilt to handle the higher pressures required by R134.

If you’d like a second opinion on this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can diagnose the issue with your A/C and help you fix it accordingly.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. No cooling, advised changing compressor. System is 3 years old - should it go bad so quickly ?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My 2004 Acura TL is not blowing cold air. I have gotten a new A/C compressor as well just last year. It started acting up in January of 2017.

Hi there. The air conditioning system can have many things that could contribute to a heat cycle condition. Check the following conditions to find the source of heating issue: Check The condenser for any dirt or plugged up vent...

Q: Can you just replace the clutch on the AC compressor or do you have to replace the whole thing?

Yes you can just replace the clutch pulley on the a/c compressor. The issue that you may have is the pulley bearing seized up and may have spun on the front of the compressor nose cone and will damage it....

Q: Q: Radiator fan not working.

The fan for a radiator supplies airflow while the car is sitting at a stop, generally when I see a car that is slowly overheating I check the fluid level to make sure it's full and that the water pump...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...