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|Cars||Estimate||Parts Cost||Labor Cost||Savings||Average Dealer Price|
|2006 Hummer H3||$856||$506.16||$350.00||17%||$1043.66|
|2003 Chrysler Sebring||$976||$695.81||$280.00||13%||$1125.81|
|2014 GMC Savana 2500||$1046||$528.28||$518.00||20%||$1323.78|
|2004 Dodge Ram 1500||$692||$489.48||$203.00||13%||$801.23|
|2004 Chevrolet Silverado 3500||$850||$465.29||$385.00||19%||$1056.54|
|2008 Chevrolet Equinox||$744||$464.02||$280.00||16%||$894.02|
|2010 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD||$822||$409.46||$413.00||21%||$1043.71|
|2013 Mercedes-Benz ML550||$1243||$879.38||$364.00||13%||$1438.38|
|2006 Mercedes-Benz S430||$1228||$702.97||$525.00||18%||$1509.22|
|2013 Cadillac CTS||$1382||$598.07||$784.00||23%||$1802.07|
|2013 Mercedes-Benz E400||$3665||$3265.65||$399.00||5%||$3878.40|
|2007 Land Rover LR3||$1887||$1012.49||$875.00||19%||$2356.24|
|2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450||$1463||$707.46||$756.00||21%||$1868.46|
|2012 Porsche Boxster||$1323||$916.55||$406.00||14%||$1540.05|
|2004 Jaguar XJ8||$2092||$1272.55||$819.00||17%||$2530.30|
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.
This service comes with receiver dryer and orifice tube. It is very common for metals from the compressors to go throughout the system and get caught in different components. If the compressor is replaced without the dryer and the orifice tube, it will ruin the new compressor and it will not be covered by the warranty from parts manufacturers.
The most common reason for an AC compressor to fail is leaky seals and inadequate lubrication. It is good practice to turn the AC on periodically so that the seals don’t dry up and stay lubricated. If you notice a change in the temperature of the air through the AC vents (not as cold as it should be), get it inspected.
In addition to your comfort, air conditioning systems add value to your vehicle. You should keep your AC fully operational. In some systems, the hot and cold air are blended to achieve the desired temperature setting. In these cases, when the AC system fails, you will not only NOT get any cold air, but the entire temperature regulation is thrown off.