Is your car's air conditioner no longer blowing cool air? With summer quickly approaching, now is a great time to repair your AC and start enjoying the cold, crisp air. One of the most common failure points of an auto AC system is the compressor. The compressor is under a lot of stress, so it is understandable that it is often the problem with failing AC systems. If there is an internal problem with your compressor, you will need to invest in a brand-new one. It is never a good idea to buy a used or restored compressor because they are so likely to fail again. Replacing a broken compressor can cost upwards of $1000. If the problem is on the outside of your compressor, the repair will be much cheaper.
Diagnosing Your Problem and Draining the Freon
If it has been diagnosed that your compressor has an internal problem, you can replace it on your own to save some money. However, you should not do this until you have had your system looked at by licensed auto repair shop. During this consultation, you should also have your freon drained from your lines. This is one part of the job that needs to be done by professionals because there are strict standards and laws (that vary by state) when it comes to the disposal of freon. The fee for the freon draining and disposal is minimal.
Removing the Compressor
Now, you can remove the compressor. All you will need is a range of different sized mechanical wrenches to remove the compressor. You just need to loosen and remove the belt. Then, remove the input hoses with a wrench. Finally, remove the mounting bolts near the bottom of the compressor. There are usually 4. You can then lift the compressor out of the engine area and dispose of it.
Installing the New Compressor
Drop the new compressor in place and tighten the mounting bolts. Reattach all of the hoses and the belt. Make sure all of your bolts are extra snug. At this point, your compressor is installed, but your AC is still not ready to be used. Take your car back to the auto shop and have your system refilled with freon. This will cost a few bucks, but it is still much cheaper than having a compressor fully replaced by professionals. Also, it requires special machines, so don't try to fill the freon at home.
For auto air conditioning service, contact a business such as Jason's Auto Repair.