Do the Complete A/C Repair Job

Make sure your A/C system is ready to keep you cool all season long. While signs of a malfunctioning air conditioning system - like leaks or a system that has quit blowing cool air - can be obvious, the fix may not be as evident. Learn how to prevent A/C trouble now and in the future by doing the complete A/C job. Let Bruce Bonebrake guide you through the steps to repair your air conditioner and get it back to working like new.

How Do I Do the Complete A/C Job?

It is important to complete all the steps to repairing your air conditioning system. We've partnered with ASE-Certified Master Technician Bruce Bonebrake to bring you this 60 minute video of step-by-step instructions for doing the job right the first time. Eliminate the guesswork and get hands-on instruction from a pro. Learn More

Why Should I Do the Complete A/C Job?

Everything inside an Air Conditioning System is connected. Simply changing the compressor will not solve your A/C problem. If you've had a failure, it's likely that components have been affected throughout the system.

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A/C Compressor

A/C Compressor

This is your refrigerant "pump" - your A/C compressor circulates refrigerant through the system.

Common Problems - Leaks in one or more seals or the compressor itself can occur. Another frequent culprit, particle contamination from worn parts inside the compressor.

What to look for - A rattling compressor or visible signs of leaks are unmistakable signs of trouble.

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This system component collects moisture and prevents damage to your system by keeping the moisture away from the compressor.

Common Problems - Leaks impact the accumulator/drier. by creating more moisture than it can control. The result is over-saturation that can lead to compressor damage.

Did you know? - Depending on your vehicle, you may have an accumulator or a drier. Add A New Vehicle or select Manange My Vehicles to shop for the part that applies to your car, truck or SUV.

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Orifice Tube/Expansion Valve

Orifice Tube/Expansion Valve

A filter of sorts, this A/C component regulates the flow of refrigerant through your air conditioning system.

Common Problems - If this component isn't working properly, you'll see irregular pressure readings on your A/C gauges. To avoid compressor damage, you've got to get excessive high-side or insufficient low-side pressure in check.

Did you know? - Depending on your vehicle, you may have an orifice tube or an expansion valve. Click MANAGE MY VEHICLES to find out which part applies to your car, truck or SUV.

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Designed to look and work like a radiator, your condenser cools the compressor.

Common Problems - Leaks and particles restricting the flow of refrigerant can lead to poor cooling. If your A/C is blowing hot air, suspect one of these problems.



Like a big ice cube, the evaporator's job is to sit inside the passenger compartment and cool the air as the blower pushes it through the evaporator.

Common Problems - The only way to diagnose a problem with your evaporator is using the A/C gauges. If the pressure reads below normal on the low side, you may have a leak.