I have a Honda Accord 2003 EX (4 Cylinder) with 106,000 miles on it. A couple of days back, while driving, my AC suddenly stopped working; the fan is still working and is blowing air. Took it to Sears autoshop and they said that probably the freon is gone due to a leakage and they will put in a dye to diagnose the problem.
However, even after the recharge, they said that the AC is not working and the compressor needs to be replaced. Along with that the serpentine belts need to be changed as it looks frayed. The total cost for the repairs will be around $1250. I did not get the work done since somehow I was not very convinced by their diagnosis.
Later I talked to a couple of Honda dealerships and they said that it is difficult for them to give me an estimate for repairs without taking a look at the car which itself would cost around $200.
I am not very sure what is the best way to repair the AC, given the diagnosis from Sears. Also I am reluctant to leave it unrepaired.
It will be very helpful to get your advise and suggestions regarding this problem.
P.S.: Also do you foresee any other problems cropping from the broken down AC system or the frayed serpentine belt?
Thank you all so much…regards.