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Old 07-16-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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Default A/C stopped work, compressor not engaging

Hi All,

I did a search and think I know the answer, but wanted to see what you all thought. I have a 2006 Legacy and this morning on the way to work, the A/C worked fine. No issues. I went on an errand at lunch, and it was hot, but I noticed that the compressor wasn't even engaging. When you pressed the a/c button you never felt or heard it engage. I'm guessing a leak that has tripped the low pressure switch, preventing it from engaging the compressor?

Should I bring it to the dealer, or do you think I'm safe to bring it to a local mechanic that does a/c work?

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Old 07-16-2009, 09:42 PM   #2
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Your guess is most likely correct. As long as you trust your local shop you can take it there, no need to pay dealer rates for an AC repair.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for responding...Here's the verdict.

Got the call that they charged up the system to check for leaks, and refrigerant was blowing out of a hole in the condenser, likely caused by a rock on the highway. Nice hole in the condenser he said. Problem is, I can't see the hole. They have to order the part, so I have the car back. I have no reason not to trust this mechanic, as he's always done right by me, but considering the price of the condenser he's quoting is $350 (and I see them online for about 150 - I understand he has to make a profit, has the licenses, warranties the work and part, etc), I just want to be sure that's the problem and not just a simple replacement rather than troubleshooting. I'll certainly ask to see the hole, as he said I could see it, BEFORE I leave the car for the work.

I would think a condenser, given it's location, could take more than that though. Ever heard of this before?
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