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What does an AC compressor do?

The compressor pumps and pressurises the AC refrigerant through the system past the system's evaporator which feeds the air into the cabin. The compressor is directly powered by the engine, off its serpentine belt.

How do you know there is something wrong with an AC Compressor?

  • When the air conditioning does not work.
  • When there is no cool air coming from the air vents when the system is turned on.
  • Poor fuel consumption.
  • When there is a ticking noise coming from the engine bay.
  • When there are patches of fluid on and around the AC unit.

When should you consider an AC Compressor replacement?

The compressor comprises a variety of internal parts which, over time, can of course wear or fail. Sometimes the seals of the compressor can fail, in this case the compressor needs to be replaced as the seals cannot be replaced on their own.

In other cases pistons, valves, bearings or the AC's clutch might need replacing. It can be the best option to replace the whole AC compressor as it can be cheaper than replacing individual parts. Moreover, chances are parts might have been affected by other faulty parts, as debris might have circulated through the system. Depending on make it can be a requirement to replace the system's orifice tube and receiver dryer when replacing the AC compressor.

Should you experience problems with the AC system, then it is advisable to have the AC system and the AC compressor inspected and, if necessary, have the AC compressor replaced. Seeing that the AC compressor is especially prone to wear over time it should always be serviced as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer.

What happens during an AC Compressor replacement?

  • Mechanic will read the ECU for possible fault codes related to the AC system.
  • Mechanic will inspect the AC system and the AC compressor.
  • Mechanic will check the pressure and electricity in the AC compressor.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the AC compressor.
  • Mechanic will remove the refrigerant.
  • Mechanic will take out the compressor and ancillaries (like the orifice tube and receiver dryer).
  • Mechanic will cleanse the AC system.
  • Mechanic will fit the new compressor and, if applicable, receiver dryer and orifice tube.
  • Mechanic will refill the system with refrigerant.
  • Mechanic will inspect the system for leaks and test the system to see if it works properly.

How much does an Air Conditioning Compressor replacement cost?

The cost of replacing an air conditioning (AC) compressor depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your AC compressor replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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16 manufacturers for Air Conditioning Compressor Repair

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BMW

Parts costs: £18.29 - £34.65

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 118

£77

£35 - £78

£55 - £132

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £21.24 - £26.62

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2

£61

£44 - £65

£71 - £111

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £23.94 - £28.72

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 4

£36

£35 - £35

£50 - £50

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Fiat

Parts costs: £18.14 - £21.77

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 5

£55

£51 - £51

£87 - £87

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Ford

Parts costs: £45.73 - £86.64

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 124

£107

£78 - £121

£120 - £184

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £44.07 - £105.50

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 74

£96

£71 - £137

£107 - £203

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Kia

Parts costs: £26.15 - £272.78

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 42

£147

£49 - £258

£77 - £334

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Mazda

Parts costs: £17.91 - £33.93

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 21

£69

£40 - £77

£65 - £132

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £20.59 - £60.96

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 28

£67

£37 - £72

£57 - £102

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Nissan

Parts costs: £19.61 - £31.91

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 15

£66

£41 - £76

£67 - £130

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Smart

Parts costs: £11.10 - £19.89

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 9

£51

£38 - £53

£68 - £92

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Subaru

Parts costs: £99.50 - £119.40

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 39

£122

£121 - £121

£163 - £163

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £35.27 - £84.35

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 36

£94

£57 - £119

£86 - £182

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Toyota

Parts costs: £32.30 - £68.30

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 4

£83

£57 - £106

£88 - £166

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £65.37 - £78.44

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1

£135

£114 - £114

£176 - £176

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Volvo

Parts costs: £30.60 - £85.92

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 19

£81

£47 - £121

£69 - £184

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Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for an air conditioning compressor repair, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Air Conditioning Compressor repair quotes

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