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2000 forester air conditioner blowing hot air

Took to subaru dealer, replaced high pressure a/c hoses to compressor;($420.)worked for 2 days now still blowing hot air? hate to replace things cause no one can fix?? serv. mgr said sometimes when replacing one hose once fixed can cause others to blow? truth ??not sure how many hoses there are for air conditiong.

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Replacing a hose does not cause another to blow. It does allow the system to function and show you where other things are worn out. There are not that many hoses in an AC system unless the Forester is pooly designed...... If you suspect more bad hoses, buy and replace them yourself, IF the system has no freon in it!!!! You aren't allowed to just dump the freon into the air, that is illegal, but if it leak out because the dealer did a poor job repairing the system (didn't check for other bad hoses or leaks) then there is no foul. Once you break the system's integrity, do not leave it open to the air very long as this will let contaminants get into the lines. Buy everything you want to replace and do it all in one day. Once you have everything installed, then you can take it to someone for a vacuum down, leak check and recharge. You will probably have to replace the filter/dryer (unless the dealer already has, for that $420 he should have). You can check at any good auto parts store and they will tell you how many hoses there are in the system. Metal ones do not need to be repalced unless they are kinked or worn through.

Before starting on this, make sure the parts the dealer put on are not at fault, that's his job and his cost, not yours.

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