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How much does it cost to replace an AC pressure switch?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $198 for a pressure switch replacement, with $82 for parts and $118 for mechanic labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a pressure switch? In general, it takes around 1.0 hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
Here’s an overview of pressure switch replacement costs for different vehicles:
Pressure switch replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 23, 2024
Chevrolet Cobalt
$176
$113
$63
0.5 Hours
May 21, 2024
Saturn L300
$208
$80
$128
1.0 Hours
May 20, 2024
Mercury Milan
$175
$80
$95
1.0 Hours
May 18, 2024
Toyota RAV4
$153
$113
$40
0.5 Hours
May 16, 2024
Audi Q7
$161
$94
$68
0.5 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my pressure switch replacement?

Fortunately, the pressure switch is an inexpensive part to replace, with the low pressure switch costing between $10 and $40 and the high pressure switch costing around $15 to $60. Unless there are other problems with the AC, you won’t need to replace additional parts.
You can purchase a pressure switch for your common car from retailers like AutoZone, Amazon, and Advance Auto Parts. Some reputable brands we recommend for pressure switches include ACDelco, Standard Motor Products, and BWD.
Keep in mind: You’ll also need a few automotive tools like a socket wrench, ratchet set, wrench set, and eye protection.
You won’t see a big price difference between OEM and aftermarket parts, so you could buy whichever part is available. However, if your car is under warranty, read through your paperwork since using an aftermarket replacement part might risk voiding your coverage.
Purchase AC pressure switches at your local auto body shop or auto part store, such as AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts. If they don’t have your part in stock, check online on Amazon or ask the store to special order it for you. It’s vital that you get the same part number, or the electronic components won’t work with your car’s AC.

Where can I get my pressure switch replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
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can make the search for a mechanic to replace your pressure switch a lot easier.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from local shops using actual hourly rates. You’ll be able to budget for diagnostic fees and see reviews from previous customers to make sure you’ll be happy with your service.
Here’s a look at some of our vetted shops below—and you can download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
174 Reviews
Yoo's Auto Service & Collision
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189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
AC Pressure Switch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$131
(Parts - $46, Labor - $85)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
113 Reviews
Honda of Fort Myers
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3550 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
AC Pressure Switch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$179
(Parts - $46, Labor - $133)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$119.75
161 Reviews
Super Lube Plus
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509 E Omaha St, Rapid City, SD
AC Pressure Switch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$106
(Parts - $46, Labor - $60)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
177 Reviews
54th Street Auto Center
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415 W 54th St, New York, NY
AC Pressure Switch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$207
(Parts - $46, Labor - $161)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$191
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my pressure switch?

If either type of air conditioning pressure switches is faulty, here is how your mechanic will replace it:
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable using a wrench
  2. Unscrew the defective high or low pressure switch with a wrench or socket wrench and remove it
  3. Install the new pressure switch and screw it into the compressor
  4. Reconnect the negative battery cable
  5. Start the engine and test the air conditioning

What happens if I drive with a bad AC pressure switch?

Both the high pressure and low pressure switches have to work together in order for the AC to work. If one of them doesn’t, your AC won’t blow cold air into your car, and if you keep trying to use it, you could damage the compressor. Then, you’ll be looking at more expensive car repairs!

What is an AC pressure switch?

A pressure switch is also called a pressure sensor. Your car’s AC has low pressure and high pressure switches that work together to signal refrigerant levels to the compressor. They protect the compressor if the pressure levels are too high or low. 
Both of the switches look like small knobs and they’re mounted directly on the compressor. The high pressure switch alerts the compressor of high refrigerant pressure and blockages in the system. The low pressure switch turns off power to the compressor if refrigerant levels are too low to operate correctly.
Both switches are responsible for making the air conditioning system run smoothly

How do I know if my AC pressure switch is bad?

If either switch isn’t working, they’ll typically display the same signs. Here’s what to look for:
  1. AC cycles on and off rapidly: The AC will turn off and on more frequently if one of the pressure switches isn’t doing its job. 
  2. AC doesn’t blow cold air: If one of the switches isn’t communicating accurate pressure readings to the compressor, the system can’t make cold air. 
  3. AC compressor doesn’t turn on: A broken high pressure switch won’t signal high pressure to the compressor, so the compressor won’t properly pump refrigerant through the system to cool your car. If the low pressure switch is damaged, the compressor could break.
  4. Loud or strange noises: Your AC shouldn’t make any noise if it’s working correctly. If you hear any unusual sounds like clicking or humming, get your AC inspected immediately. These noises could mean that refrigerant pressure is building up.

How often should a pressure switch be replaced?

Pressure switches usually last the life of the vehicle unless a switch malfunctions or gets damaged. Specifically, a pressure switch lasts for 50,000 cycles (turning the system on and running it for about 20 minutes). You only need to replace the switch if it stops working.

Can I replace a pressure switch myself?

If you’re comfortable working on your car’s electronics and disconnecting the battery, you should find replacing a pressure switch pretty easy. It’s actually harder to diagnose the exact problem with an AC unit, since it’s an intricate closed-loop system. 
AC problems can be caused by any number of components like a malfunctioning compressor, evaporator, condenser, or blower motor for instance. If you’re not one-hundred percent sure that a pressure switch is bad (and you can identify which one needs to be replaced), get a professional diagnosis.

FAQs

The high pressure and low pressure switches are both located on the compressor. Look at your car’s diagnostic guide to identify the high pressure side, which is red, to find the high pressure switch. The low pressure side, which is blue, houses the low pressure switch.

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