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The ac cools but never gets cold. It will get some what cold when at complete stop, but once moving blows warmer. I have been told the evaporator is bad. I was looking to get fixed but cannot afford $1200. Is there any other solution?

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AC works for about 300 miles then stops and blows hot air. New AC compressor and freon charge. After sitting for a while it will again blow cold.


I think you have a similar problem to mine. At highway speeds is when it happens. And it is not blazing hot? Right?
Your evaporator is freezing up - as this happens the ice surrounding it prevents the flow of air over the evaporator coils and the result is warm air coming out of the registers. If I turn off the AC for about ten minutes and let unit melt the cold air comes back. This does not occur in stop and go driving.
I combat it by either running the fan at a higher than normal setting to increase air flow over the evaporator and then turning off when it gets too cold, OR using the air control to allow warmer outside air to enter into unit at highway speeds to prevent freezing up.
Newer cars have more sophisticated sensors and controls to prevent this but some older vehicles are subject to this anomaly.
Since it works fine under normal conditions I have not messed around with the freon level in system. If you release a tad of refrigerant the low pressure switch will shut off the compressor sooner and help minimize ice buildup. Good luck.

Aug 19, 2016 | 2000 Ford Taurus

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My ac is acting funky. my ac will blow cold air as im moving. once i stop and idle for longer than 3 or 4 minutes, something will kick on and then it will start to blow hot air. as this happens, my car...


Start by checking to make sure that the a/c condensor and radiator is not full off debris. If the condensor and radiator were full of debris it will limit the air flow from the engine cooling fan which in tern will cause a high discharge pressure on the discharge on the a/c causing poor or no cooling at idle and could also cause vehicle to overheat. Check and make sure that the cooling fan as well as the condensor fan are coming on together when the a/c is turned on if equipped with 2 fans.

Sep 12, 2013 | 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

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What is the problem now? Please can you help?


If you turn on your AC on one day and nothing happens, you may be dealing with a major component failure. Your vehicle's AC system consists of a compressor, condenser, evaporator, expansion valve, a series of tubes and several fans/blowers. If either one of these components fails to do their job, it may result an entire system failure. For example, if the evaporator blower motor burns out, you will get little to no airflow through the vents.
Most modern vehicles also have safety mechanisms that may prevent a component from engaging if the pressure is low in the system due to a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant can leak for many reasons, including undone welds, loose connections, corrosion, physical damage from road debris, etc. Look for oily stains underneath your car, as they may indicate a leak. If you suspect a refrigerant leak, take your car to General Automotive. We will test the pressure and use special dyes to pinpoint the leak.
Warm Air is Coming Out Instead of Cold As you get in your car and turn on your AC, you probably expect it to be blowing hot air for the first minute or two until the system cycles through enough to cool it. But what if the air never gets cold ? Or maybe it it gets cooler, but not cold enough ? No, your car didn't get confused and turned on heat by accident. There is likely a problem with your condenser.
A condenser's job in a vehicle is to cool the warm refrigerant that was used to make the air cold in the evaporator. A condenser has coils and a fan to push the air through the coils and thus cool the refrigerant. If the condenser coils get dirty or clogged, or if the fan fails, the refrigerant won't be cooled completely, so the air will come out warm. It's best to take your vehicle to an experienced AC Repair professional to troubleshoot this problem if you don't know your way around under the hood.
Cold Air Blows Intermittently So you went for a road trip or a long drive, and after 30 minutes of driving realized that your AC suddenly stopped working or switched to blowing warm air. The cold air returns shortly, and the cycle repeats itself for as long as you are driving. What's wrong with your car?
Intermittent cooling is often caused by the components of your vehicle's AC system freezing up. Typically an iced over evaporator is the culprit. An evaporator covered in ice can't cool the air, so you would have to wait until the ice melts, which is why the cold air eventually returns. There may be numerous issues causing the icing-from a dirty cabin air filter to a blocked evaporator drain or an overcharged system. Look for puddles of water under your car-this could be a sign of a freezing problem.

Oct 25, 2017 | 1999 GMC Safari

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AC takes a long time to cool down


try refill kit . you can get a refill kit at autozone or walmart. make sure you get one with a hose included takes about twenty minutes be sure to follow the instructions

Jun 11, 2012 | 2003 Ford Focus

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Car blows warm air when idling


It sounds like your AC unit could be overheating or even damaged.

AC units have a sensor that will turn them off automatically to prevent damage from overheating. If there is an insufficient amount of air flow, the unit will heat up, and then eventually turn off.

When the car is moving, more air is forced over the unit, likely keeping it cool enough to run, however, when the car come to a stop, it loses that air flow, and quickly heats up. Thus, the AC would work while the vehicle is in motion, and overheat and stop when the car is stopped and idling.

However, the AC unit could be completely blown. The cold air while moving could be just a case of air being forced into the car. Think of a house fan, the fast the wind blows on you, the cooler it gets.... Thus, it could be an illusion that the AC is working when car is in motion, when it really isn't.

Hope this helps.

Jun 09, 2012 | 2004 Lincoln LS

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The A/C blows cold and worksnormally, but then stops blowing cold after about 45 minuits. If I slow down or stop, it may also stop being cold. If i speed up, sometimes it starts to blow cold again. I was...


What was the "flaw" in the friends AC system that took two years to figure out? Maybe yours has the same "flaw" and it's taking 4 years to figure out?
Don't expect your AC to blow ice when the ambient temp. is 100 degrees and you are stuck in traffic. It's not going to happen...
If your compressor is weak and not compressing properly, efficency goes down. How many miles on your truck? They wear out, like any other moving part. I suggest you have a complete evacuation done with a deep vacuum, this will remove any air or moisture. Recharge to mfrs. capacity. Clean the outside of the condenser and radiator of all dirt, debris & bugs so air flows freely....Pressure sensors and temp. switches can be tested, if they are bad, replace them.
I hope this helps.

Aug 08, 2011 | 2006 Ford F-150

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Semi cold a/c


if everything works such as compressor, fans blowing, lines are cold to your evaporator the next thing would stop the flow to evaporator is 45 bucks expansionvalve stuck or clog not allowing the cold charged feon to flow completely into your evaporator. if you can get to your evaporator and fell the unit ( it also look like small radiator) using your hand and feel the cooling fins to see if it cold. If it not, then it stop at expansionvalve. Expansionvalve work like a valve/gate it open up and close.

Sep 05, 2009 | 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 4WD

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AC blows cold while moving, and gets warmer while I'm stopped


There are two fans behind the radiator. One is suppose to begin running when the AC is turned on. The other is to cool the radiator when it gets too warm. Raise the hood with the engine running and AC "on"and see if at least one fan is running.

May 04, 2009 | 1995 Buick LeSabre

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