How do you fix the AC in your car when it’s blowing hot air?

I’m planning on going on a road trip in a few weeks, but my air conditioner only blows hot air. I need a quick way to fix my air conditioner before I go on my trip. Is there a good way to fix the AC in your car so it stops blowing hot air?

A broken air conditioner can be a pain—especially during the summer. But before you fix it, you need to diagnose the problem. These are three of the most common reasons your car a/c might be blowing hot air and their solutions:
  • Leaking refrigerant can cause your air conditioning to blow hot air. Unfortunately, leaks in your refrigerant are hard to spot, and you probably need to get it checked by a professional. On the bright side, mechanics can patch the leaks and refill the coolant easily!
  • A broken compressor can also prevent your air conditioner from working since it’s responsible for cycling refrigerant through your car. Without your compressor, the hot air has nowhere to go. Since compressors are complex parts, they should be replaced by professionals—but it won’t be cheap. The average cost for replacing compressors is nearly $1,000.
  • Electrical problems are another culprit of your AC issues. Luckily, your mechanic can easily check your electrical system for any issues. Oftentimes, your problem is something as simple as a burned-out wire or fuse, which your mechanic can easily change!
All in all, problems with your air conditioner are best left to professionals. While professional fixes are expensive, they get the job done without any hassle on your part. Shop around your local auto shops to make sure you’re getting the best deal before you get anything fixed.
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Joshua Levy
Answered on Nov 23, 2021

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