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Air Conditioning Compressor Repair
updated: Jun 23, 2014, 4:00 PM

I need to get my car's air conditioning compressor repaired. Not all auto mechanics will do air conditioner repair, so I'm looking for a referral to a good, reasonable mechanic who can do this work. Thanks!

 COMMENT 530037 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 04:10 PM

Both Cooper Automotive and Mireles Automotive do excellent repairs on A/C.

They're in downtown (eastside) Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 530038 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 04:14 PM

When a component like an a/c compressor fails, a mechanic will simply remove and replace it. You might get a core value rebate on the old compressor and it will be sent to a factory that rebuilds them.


 COMMENT 530053 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 04:44 PM

Depending on what type of car you own, be prepared to pay $1,000-$1,500


 COMMENT 530054 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 04:52 PM

I hope this will be an appropriate follow up question to add into the pot here: What to do if the AC compressor is kaput and I want to eliminate it from the fan belt ride bc I don't care if the AC works or don't want to spend the coin? Sorry don't mean to hijack the op question. Thanks.


 COMMENT 530058 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 05:00 PM

OP: Bruce's Auto in Goleta is an old-school mechanic. He can do the work to your satisfaction

@054: Newer vehicles have only 1 belt that drives every accessory, so that may not be feasible.
Post your Year/make/model/engine size for a definitive answer, please


 COMMENT 530068 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 05:27 PM

054 - the compressor has a clutch engaged pulley. If the pulley is still fine, then there is nothing you need to do besides not turn on the AC, or you can unplug the wire to the clutch.


 COMMENT 530084P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 06:36 PM

Robert Mireles is a top specialist for auto AC repairs. He's located at the bottom of Milpas, above the railroad tracks and just above the southbound onramp to 101


 COMMENT 530096P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 08:02 PM

Yes! Mireles is great!!! They fixed mine in one day and did a fabulous job!! I'd been without A/C for about 2 years and had several bids. Mireles came in at about the same price, but has a stellar reputation. I had spent about the same amount for the last few years getting it "repaired" at another place. In the end, I still had to get another compressor. Don't go cheap. You'll still spend the money (and more) in the long run.


 COMMENT 530129 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 08:25 AM

054 -just went through the same line of thinking on my car a few months ago. the clutch was going out (this is the most common failure on many common brands of A/C compressor) and could not be repaired in-place or replaced without removing the compressor completely (this too is common on many modern cars). It cost $1100 to replace the compressor and a few other cheap important parts like the dryer/accumulator and would have cost almost $800 to replace the compressor with a dummy pulley to just allow the belt to run without an A/C compressor installed (no way to just use a shorter belt like there was on my older cars). I bit the bullet and did the repair properly because it left me with reliably working A/C. I could have done my own labor using cheap parts from the internet and had the system charged up by an illegal operator who got Freon from south of the border and saved 60% but of course good luck on the quality of such a repair!


 COMMENT 530156 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 09:39 AM

Just had mine done on my 2007 Honda CRV. $1,400 at Fairview Motors. I was very impressed with their customer service and quality of work and would highly recommend them.


 COMMENT 530299P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 02:46 PM

I Googled the problem with make of my car and found a you tube video showing me exactly how to replace my a/c blower resistor and the $14 part # I needed. Yea Google.



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