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How much does Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) Replacement cost in Hillsdale?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Hillsdale. Our mechanics in Hillsdale 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 in Hillsdale.

Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) Replacement pricing for various cars

CarsEstimateParts CostLabor CostSavingsAverage Dealer Price
2006 Chevrolet Express 3500$551$161.43$389.458%$602.18
2007 Hyundai Azera$349$158.55$189.986%$373.55
2014 GMC Yukon$472$186.64$284.977%$509.14
2014 Lexus LS600h$1006$180.00$826.419%$1115.25
2010 Mercedes-Benz R350$388$169.08$218.476%$416.33
2015 Jaguar XFR-S$420$115.67$303.968%$459.67

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.


Recent Expansion Valve (Orifice Tube) Replacement reviews in Hillsdale

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Chris

22 years of experience
2218 reviews
Chris
22 years of experience
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!
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.

Joe

43 years of experience
818 reviews
Joe
43 years of experience
Great service with Joe....thanks very much, it will be nice not to have warm air anymore....
Hi Joe saved me several hundred dollars from a miss diagnostic problem from another garage . Joe's the MAN .

Kevin

24 years of experience
529 reviews
Kevin
24 years of experience
Great guy! Knows his stuff.
Kevin was very friendly and knowledgeable about my Chrysler. Would use Kevin again!

Greg

22 years of experience
323 reviews
Greg
22 years of experience
Greg is great! You can tell he absolutely cares about his work product and his professionalism. Really refreshing.
Meticulous and goes the extra mile.

Manuel

32 years of experience
580 reviews
Manuel
32 years of experience
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.
Excellent as usual

Fred

17 years of experience
389 reviews
Fred
17 years of experience
Fred was prompt and courteous. He has many years experience which is evident in his work. He fixed the air conditioning in my Lincoln Town Car and it is working like new again. He was clean and efficient leaving no mess. I will definitely use Fred again and recommend him to my family and friends.
Friendly, knowledgeable and punctual the whole experience was great.

Richard

13 years of experience
601 reviews
Richard
13 years of experience
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.

James

30 years of experience
872 reviews
James
30 years of experience
Very nice, competent, and adaptable to my work schedule.

William

34 years of experience
510 reviews
William
34 years of experience
Very honest and informative

Anthony

36 years of experience
82 reviews
Anthony
36 years of experience
Arrived on time and completed the job as estimated.

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