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How much does Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) 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
2010 GMC Savana 3500 $443 $155.61 $287.00 25% $596.36
2006 Saab 9-5 $327 $187.34 $140.00 18% $402.34
2007 Volvo S60 $309 $147.84 $161.00 21% $395.09
2010 BMW X5 $374 $177.69 $196.00 21% $478.69
2009 Audi A3 Quattro $300 $138.81 $161.00 22% $386.06
2010 Ford Mustang $311 $163.96 $147.00 20% $389.71

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Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) Replacement Service

What is the Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) all about?

The air conditioning system in your vehicle depends on the refrigerant that circulates in the A/C system. In particular, the evaporator core inside the passenger compartment requires a specific, metered amount of refrigerant in order to efficiently cool the interior. The expansion valve, also known as an orifice tube in some designs, regulates the pressure of refrigerant that enters the evaporator. The tube is also where liquid refrigerant under pressure converts to a gaseous form. The gaseous refrigerant absorbs heat from air passing through the evaporator core and carries it to the condenser where the heat is removed.

In a situation where the orifice tube is either blocked or stuck open, the air conditioning will not cool properly. Too much refrigerant will cause frost on the core and prevent air from passing through to cool the air temperature. Too little refrigerant passing through the evaporator means not enough heat is absorbed and the interior is insufficiently cooled. In either situation, you may need to replace the expansion valve/orifice tube.

Keep in mind:

  • Air conditioning work needs to be completed by a trained and licensed professional in nearly all circumstances because refrigerants are regulated substances.
  • It is possible for the expansion valve to become blocked by excessive moisture in the air conditioning system, which would indicate a receiver/drier problem.

How it's done:

  • The AC refrigerant is removed from the system
  • The defective expansion valve is removed
  • The new expansion valve is installed
  • The a/c system is recharged with refrigerant
  • The a/c system is tested for leaks and proper operation

Our recommendation:

Whenever air conditioning repairs or refrigerant recharges are performed, have the expansion valve inspected for proper operation. If the expansion valve is not opening or closing properly, you may need one of our expert technicians to replace the expansion valve or orifice tube.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube)?

  • Air conditioning doesn’t cool sufficiently
  • Air conditioning expansion valve is frosty but the air conditioning isn’t blowing cold air

How important is this service?

Air conditioning is a comfort item in a vehicle, not a safety issue. However, the air conditioning also removes moisture in the air for the defrost setting to clear your windows. If the air conditioning is not working properly, your vision may be impaired in humid or very cold weather.

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Peter

Peter

40 years of experience
1059 reviews
Peter
40 years of experience
Peter was a true professional. He showed upon time and explained what my service was to involve. He was willing to answer all questions on the repair and diagnostics. My A/C is now blowing ice cold. Thank you Peter.
1999 HONDA ACCORD - EXPANSION VALVE (ORIFICE TUBE) - GILBERT, ARIZONA
Joe

Joe

40 years of experience
576 reviews
Joe
40 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 - EXPANSION VALVE (ORIFICE TUBE) - SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Peter

Peter

40 years of experience
1059 reviews
Peter
40 years of experience
Excellent
2007 SATURN AURA - EXPANSION VALVE (ORIFICE TUBE) - PEORIA, ARIZONA
Richard

Richard

10 years of experience
419 reviews
Richard
10 years of experience
Great guy, Great mechanic. Works hard till job is done !!!
2007 HYUNDAI TIBURON - EXPANSION VALVE (ORIFICE TUBE) - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

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