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What does an air conditioning condenser do?

It converts the refrigerant gas into a cold liquid to provide chilled air throughout your vehicle. It basically helps keep you and your passengers at a comfortable temperature on a hot day.

Symptoms of a malfunctioning condenser

If you notice that the air conditioning in your car isn’t providing the usual levels of cold air as normal (or if it isn’t working at all), then your condenser could have stopped working correctly.

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How much does it cost to change my condenser?

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What happens when we replace your condenser?

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What does an air conditioning condenser do?

It converts the refrigerant gas into a cold liquid to provide chilled air throughout your vehicle. It basically helps keep you and your passengers at a comfortable temperature on a hot day.

Symptoms of a malfunctioning condenser

If you notice that the air conditioning in your car isn’t providing the usual levels of cold air as normal (or if it isn’t working at all), then your condenser could have stopped working correctly.

View more symptomsView more symptoms

How much does it cost to change my condenser?

Save up to 30% on your condenser replacement. See our table below to browse our honest, upfront prices.

What happens when we replace your condenser?

Our efficient and fully qualified mechanics will replace your condenser and check for possible fault codes relating to your air conditioning.


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What does the AC condenser do in a car?

In effect, a car's AC condenser is its heat exchanger. Sat at the front of your vehicle, looking somewhat similar to your engine's radiator, it cools down the refrigerant and turns it into a liquid. The cold liquid is responsible for the cool air pumped into your car.

What happens when the AC condenser goes bad?

The condenser is designed to convert the refrigerant from a gas to a liquid, allowing it to flow through the AC system. As it carries out this transformation, it produces a great deal of heat as it cools the fluid. If your condenser gets too hot, it will fail to convert the gas to a liquid and the cold air your AC usually delivers.

When should I replace my AC condenser?

A problem with your car's air conditioning could be the result of a failure in any one of its components. Typically, if you notice your engine overheating (usually while idling) when the AC is turned on and not when it's turned off, it's probably the condenser. To be sure which part is the problem, you should always consult a professional mechanic.

What are the signs of a bad condenser?

If your condenser has failed or is failing, the first thing that you'll notice that the air output from your AC unit isn't as cold as it usually is. Another symptom is that your car could start overheating as it idles when the AC is turned on. Finally, you may smell burning coming from the engine. A failing condenser will overheat and reach high temperatures. If allowed to continue, it could lead to further serious damage.

What causes condensers to fail?

There are several reasons that your AC condenser might fail. It could be down to the fan failing, or the condenser itself developing a leak. It could also be the result of becoming blocked or clogged by the contaminated refrigerant, where pollutants have seeped in from other parts of the system.

Can I replace just the AC condenser?

Sure. If that's the only part of your air conditioning that's broken, then it makes sense to replace it instead of the complete unit.

How long do AC condensers last?

It depends on how hard they work and how often they're used. They could last the lifetime of your car or as few as 5 years. Industry estimations suggest around 7 or 8 years, but each case can vary significantly.

Can you drive with a broken AC condenser?

In many cars, you should be fine to drive with a broken AC condenser as long as you keep it switched off. However, modern systems can automatically switch the AC on to dry the air while your car's defroster is at work. If that's the case, then you'll need to repair or replace the condenser as soon as possible.

Is the radiator and AC condenser the same?

Although they look somewhat similar and perform the same sort of job, your engine's radiator and the AC condenser are not the same things. They can be easy to confuse as the condenser usually sits between the radiator and the grill on the front of your car.

The radiator is responsible for circulating coolant around the engine, keeping it at its optimum operating temperature. The AC condenser is responsible for transforming the refrigerant gas into a cold liquid.

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