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How much does Car AC Receiver Dryer Replacement cost?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Van $270 $108.90 $161.00 24% $356.15
2010 Dodge Ram 1500 $238 $105.43 $133.00 23% $309.68
2010 Dodge Grand Caravan $253 $127.29 $126.00 21% $320.79
2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 $425 $131.19 $294.00 27% $582.69
2007 Mercury Milan $255 $101.29 $154.00 24% $337.79
2011 Ford F-150 $299 $124.02 $175.00 23% $392.77
2009 Ford Escape $376 $201.39 $175.00 19% $470.14
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450 $325 $128.51 $196.00 24% $429.51
2013 BMW 528i $247 $99.99 $147.00 24% $325.74
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK250 $235 $109.16 $126.00 22% $302.66
2013 Lincoln MKT $325 $122.09 $203.00 25% $433.84
2011 Acura ZDX $161 $41.96 $119.00 28% $224.71
2010 BMW 335d $332 $101.29 $231.00 27% $456.04
2005 Jaguar S-Type $224 $105.43 $119.00 22% $288.18
2013 BMW M3 $429 $135.09 $294.00 26% $586.59
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Car AC Receiver Dryer Replacement Service

What is the AC Receiver Dryer all about?

The AC receiver drier is a device that only appears in air conditioning systems that employ expansion valves. The cylindrical component is found between the condenser outlet and the expansion valve inlet.

To understand what an AC receiver drier does, one must have a basic understanding how their car’s air conditioner works. Yes, it transforms hot air to cold. But there’s more to it. It does so by circulating a refrigerant that changes phase from liquid to gas and back again when forced through the system. The cold liquid refrigerant is squeezed through an evaporator, removing heat from air pulled in from the car’s cabin. Once cooled and dried, a blower pushes the air back out into the car. The warmed and vaporized refrigerant circulates through a compressor, where the vapor is cooled and transformed back into a liquid. And the process is repeated, over and over again, until you shut the AC off.

Th receiver drier serves as a filter to remove any moisture and contaminants that get into the AC system during this process. ACR Drier has three parts:

  • The Container: Acts as a temporary storage for oil and refrigerant during periods of low cooling demand.
  • The Desiccant Sack: Usually filled with silica gel, it removes moisture from the refrigerant. It also traps other debris, preventing clogs.
  • Inlet / Outlet: Allows the continuing flow of refrigerant around the system.

Keep in mind:

  • Think of the receiver drier in the same vein as you would fuel, oil, or an air filter: it is strictly a disposable. By that, we mean that it’s a necessity that can be easily replaced at a relatively affordable cost to you.
  • Receiver driers rarely fail on their own. When a failure does occur, however, it is usually due either to clogging from debris inside the AC system (like from a failing or failed compressor), or that the desiccant bag has broken open, allowing it to circulate throughout the system, mixing with the refrigerant and lubricant.

How it's done:

  • The A/C system refrigerant is removed
  • The A/C receiver drier is removed and replaced with a new one
  • The A/C system is evacuated for 30 minutes
  • The A/C system is recharged with the proper amount of refrigerant
  • The system is checked for proper operation

Our recommendation:

The receiver drier must be changed each time your mechanic opens the system for service. Most compressor warranties require it. At the very least, it should be replaced every three years.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the AC Receiver Dryer?

  • Unusual sounds while the system is running
  • Wide variances in cabin air temperature

How important is this service?

Moisture kills an air conditioning system. Once inside, it combines with refrigerant, forming hydrochloric acid, which is extremely corrosive to metal components. So replacing the receiver drier is essential when servicing the air conditioner. If you replace any component of the system you must also replace the receiver drier. If you do not, there could be serious damage to the other parts of the system, which could be very costly in the long run.

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Joe

39 years of experience
457 reviews
Joe
39 years of experience
Joe is awesome. He went out of his way to work with me. His diagnostic skills are excellent, and his work is spot on.
2003 HONDA CR-V - AC RECEIVER DRYER - SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

Ben

37 years of experience
698 reviews
Ben
37 years of experience
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

Ben

37 years of experience
698 reviews
Ben
37 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

Adam

25 years of experience
95 reviews
Adam
25 years of experience
Adam is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to A/C's. My car was previously taken to a different repair shop and misdiagnosed with needing a new compressor and after seeing the cost associated with this repair, we decided to wait to fix it. Adam ran a diagnostic on the A/C and determined the compressor was still functioning and we only needed a few parts replaced, saving us almost $1300! My car is comfortable again as the air is super cold and running well. Thanks to Adam, I actually look forward to driving my car again!
2001 BMW Z3 - AC RECEIVER DRYER - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

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