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You may take for granted that your car’s air conditioning system will keep you cool and comfortable even on the hottest of days. But what if, suddenly, it doesn’t? You’d be eager to get it repaired, and you’d be wondering how much does it cost to fix the AC in a car.
To better understand AC recharge cost and other air conditioning repairs, let’s focus on the workings of your car’s climate control system.
Technically known as the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system, it doesn’t just cool a hot car by blowing air into the passenger compartment. HVAC is more complex, changing refrigerant from gas to liquid.
So, you can see why, if your AC is to work correctly, it must be free of contaminants and have the proper amount of refrigerant.
The answer depends on the problem and where the work is done.
Here are common reasons why the AC isn’t cooling the way it should.
The AC system operates under high pressure, so the hoses and other components must be tightly sealed.
It’s normal for the refrigerant to leak a little (less than an ounce per year). But a significant leak can result in trouble. Leaks can occur when excess pressure, heat, and age take a toll on sealing materials.
The cost of repairing the leak depends on the origin.
This means that the total cost of repairing the leak could be anywhere from $100 to $1,000, or more.
No cool air coming into the cabin, unusual noises, and fluid leaks are among the symptoms of a malfunctioning compressor.
The repair/replacement of the compressor should be handled properly, and by a trained technician as special tools are required and completing this work may be labor intensive.
The cost for fixing a compressor:
Is there insufficient airflow from the AC ducts? What if you notice dust, pollen, and pollutants entering through those ducts? You may have a clogged cabin filter.
Remember how we described the HVAC system as “complex?” That indicates that it has multiple components — like the evaporator, condenser, dryer, etc. — that can require repair and/or replacement.
When you bring your car in for AC Evacuation and Recharge, Jiffy Lube technicians will:
Now you know how important the cabin air filter is. Find out how often it should be changed here.
Please note: Not all services are offered at each Jiffy Lube location. Please check with your local Jiffy Lube service center or visit jiffylube.com for specific services offered.