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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 Lamborghini Gallardo $231 $95.02 $135.98 16% $277.77
2013 Honda Accord $496 $151.69 $343.95 19% $613.94
2005 Volkswagen Passat $279 $102.85 $175.97 17% $339.35
2009 BMW 328i xDrive $297 $113.00 $183.97 17% $360.25
2011 Cadillac SRX $360 $151.66 $207.97 16% $431.16
2007 Ford Mustang $242 $98.47 $143.98 16% $291.97

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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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Richard

11 years of experience
600 reviews
Richard
11 years of experience
Chevrolet Sonic - Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) - Henderson, Nevada
After being overcharged by multiple mechanics for various necessary (and unnecessary services), I am so glad to have found Richard. He is honest and only charges for what truly needs fixing. Richard even refunded me for a service I originally booked, but which did not need to be performed. He most certainly is my go-to mechanic in Vegas now.
Chevrolet Sonic - Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) - Henderson, Nevada
Richard was very professional, did not rush the service and took his time to answer the questions I had. He saved me a lot of money as other shops had recommended me a bunch of unnecessary services. My housemate just booked a service with him.

Joe

41 years of experience
703 reviews
Joe
41 years of experience
Cadillac Eldorado - Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) - Largo, Florida
Hi Joe saved me several hundred dollars from a miss diagnostic problem from another garage . Joe's the MAN .
Honda CR-V - Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) - Saint Petersburg, Florida
Joe is awesome. He went out of his way to work with me. His diagnostic skills are excellent, and his work is spot on.

Chris

20 years of experience
1610 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Ford Escape - Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) - Laguna Niguel, California
So much better than going to a shop. Chris quickly diagnosed the problem with my AC and scheduled a follow up to address the problem. I didn't have to leave my car at the shop while they worked on 20 other cars before mine. This process was very affordable and the minimum down time for a very busy family car.
Hummer H2 - Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) - Irvine, California
Wow, what a great website and service. I will say goodbye to the stealerships and over-priced auto shops. Chris was on time, found the problem and had it corrected in no time. I will surely use this service for ALL my future automotive needs. Thanks!

Peter

41 years of experience
1231 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
Toyota 4Runner - Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) - Glendale, Arizona
Being in the A/C business myself for over 30 years had a lot of knowledge myself so it was easy to know Peter had a wealth of knowledge. So most people unless they had at least some knowledge of the field would have trouble knowing if a person really knew what he was talking about, but since my past was in the same field you can be assured he impressed me.
Honda Accord - Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) - Gilbert, Arizona
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.

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