Air conditioner repairs


#1

My mother drives a 1995 Olds Cutlass, and the air conditioner has gone out. Essential since she lives in Las Vegas. A mechanic told her it needs a compressor, and that it will cost between $900 and $1000 to repair. Does that sound right?


#2

Sounds about $300 too high. I’m assuming the car uses 134A as the refrigerant–if it needs a conversion from R12, it could be a whole different story. But I live in OH. Prices in Vegas might be a lot higher for all I know. If she’s going to a dealer, I’d consider going to an independent mechanic. I suppose another option is to get a used compressor, but I’d probably stay away from that route since you have no warranty and any garage that installs it could blame any problems on the junkyard part.


#3

that sounds a little high. take the car to an AC repair shop. get at least one more estimate. share the estimate info.


#4

for a proper A/C repair, in addition to replacing the compressor. You should flush the system with solvent, replace the receiver/dryer, replace the expansion valve or orfice tube, and install new o-rings at the fittings. Then the system must have a vacuum applied for a period of time to remove moisture. Then re-charged with coolant, oil and dye. It sounds like a lot, but should only take a few hours. You might have $500 or so in parts and materials and then your shop time. This bid does seem high. Shop around a bit, but DO NOT skimp on Quality parts. Used or remanufactured compressors are not the way to go. Good Luck.


#5

Maybe a little high, but in the neighborhood. If she shops around a little she may same a couple $100, but not much more.