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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.

Car AC Receiver Dryer Replacement pricing for various cars

CarsEstimateParts CostLabor CostSavingsAverage Dealer Price
2009 Saab 9-7x$380$199.49$180.485%$403.74
2009 Kia Borrego$500$177.01$322.967%$542.51
2013 Jeep Wrangler$346$165.43$180.486%$369.68
2015 Mercedes-Benz E400$555$345.94$208.974%$582.44
2007 Audi A6 Quattro$636$170.10$465.458%$696.85
2007 Porsche 911$336$146.00$189.986%$361.00

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.

Recent Car AC Receiver Dryer Replacement reviews

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15 years of experience
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15 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz ML350 V6-3.5L - AC Receiver Dryer - Tampa, Florida
Jean was timely, very professional and explained all aspects of the repairs being carried out. Highly recommended


20 years of experience
597 reviews
20 years of experience
Chevrolet Blazer V6-4.3L - AC Receiver Dryer - Boca Raton, Florida
Jeremy was on time, and did a great job of fixing my car. I will definitely use Jeremy for any work on my car!!!! I am so glad I found your company!!!!!!


17 years of experience
405 reviews
17 years of experience
BMW Z4 L6-3.0L - AC Receiver Dryer - San Antonio, Texas
Gustavo was very professional, demonstrated high knowledge and skilled diagnosis of this vehicle's AC system problem. The results of his work was well worth the call to Your Machanic. And I will highly recommend this auto service to my friends and family.


32 years of experience
579 reviews
32 years of experience
Chevrolet Suburban 2500 V8-6.0L - AC Receiver Dryer - Laguna Beach, California
Mr. Sanchez showed up at the expected time, worked for about a half hour, and discovered he needed another part. He offered two solutions. He would go get the part and finish today or he will get the part and do the job Friday. I opted for today. The vehicle was left clean with all promised work done. I cannot comment on the actual repair because nothing has had time to break, but everything is very much as I expect it. Mr. Sanchez took the extra time to talk with me about future needs for the vehicle, and was forthcoming with answers and suggestions. This was my first experience with an "at home" mechanic, and based on this experience it will not be the last.

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