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How can a test to see if my ac compressor has gone bad? We charged it up and had cold air blowing. Then a week later it was blowing hot air. Now it seems that the compressor isn't kicking in.

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This is a SEALED SYSTEM that 1st Should Not Leak AT ALL and Also if the Pressurized Side of the System is Contaminated (ORFICE TUBE) < Spacificly the Pressyre Can Be Missread By Pressure Sensor, Thus NOT ALLOWING the Compressor To Turn ON. Your System Needs Flushed,LEAK TESTED,And Further Diagnosed IF NESSESARY. I Hope this Sheds A Little Light On It For you !

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