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air conditioner stop blowing cold air

i have a 2006 honda civic lx and the air conditioner works fine when i first start the car.

however, after driving for 15-30 minutes the air conditioner starts blowing progressively warmer air, until it starts blowing warm (or even hot) air. this seems to happen when the engine gets hot.

one particular day it started raining, and suddenly the cold air kicked back in.

i took it to the dealer and they said i needed a compressor and coil for a grand total of $800. i took it for a free a/c inspection, and he said the problem might be electrical, but a visual inspection wasnt enough to figure out the problem. and it would be $90/hour to diagnose.

any thoughts or help?
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