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Airconditioner wont work

I have a 2003 santa fe the airconditioner wont work the compressor wont kick in What could be the problem and whats the price range to get it fixed

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This could be as simple as needing a charge. mobile air conditioner systems leak freon. It is just the nature of the beast. It is attached to the motor which moves and the car body which is fixed. It doesn't have a chance. there is a low pressure switch that protects the compressor if you lose too much freon and that could be why the compressor is not coming on. Freon cost a shop a little over $3 a pound when bought in bulk and labor is about a half hour. Look for a small independant that can do a/c for the best price. If this helps please reply and good luck

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