Why would I need to replace my AC Accumulator?
The AC Accumulator in your vehicle typically lasts over a decade. Over time moisture, pressure differences and vibration will cause wear to the accumulator, eventually resulting in failure. The introduction of contaminates from the servicing of the AC system or replacing of other AC components will shorten its life. Defects during the manufacturing process could also cause earlier failure.
How do I know I need an AC Accumulator Replacement?
The most common symptoms you will experience when your accumulator fails are:
- Rattling noises when the AC is on
- A moldy smell
- Refrigerant leaks
- AC isn’t as cold as should be
- Cloudy sight glass.
What is the AC Accumulator and what does it do?
The Accumulator is responsible to control the flow of refrigerant through your vehicles AC system. In addition it remove unwanted moisture and debris, and ensure that internal components are protected from corrosion and damage. It does this by utilizing a desiccant material. This desiccant removes moisture which would lead to corrosion and damage to other AC components.
The accumulator is also responsible for preventing liquid refrigerant from being returned to the compressor. It accomplishes this by allowing refrigerant to accumulate, in such a way that liquid refrigerant is converted back to a gas via boiling and evaporation. This is important as liquid refrigerant introduced to the compressor, would result in result in damage.
How much will it cost?
The typical cost for the testing and replacement of an AC Accumulator is between $130-$440 for parts and labor. The cost depends on your specific make, model and year. This price range is averaged across all passenger vehicles. The actual cost depends on your specific make, model and year. Depending on your specific vehicle, this cost may be lower or higher. This cost estimate is for the specific repair listed and doesn’t include additional, related items that may require repair.
What is included:
- Diagnostics preformed on Air Conditioning System
- Removal of the damaged component and installation of replacement
- Proper removal of refrigerant from your vehicles Air Conditioning System.
- Ensuring the system is properly sealed
- Proper refilling of your Air Conditioning system with refrigerant.
How it works
Request a service:
Get a quote online or set-up a time to have your vehicle looked at.
Choose your service time:
Pick time slots that work for you, easily, online. We will confirm appointments and send reminders.
Get your vehicle repaired:
No waiting at the shop. Our mechanics bring everything that is needed to you. All you have to do is provided a safe area for the work to be performed.
What what need from you
A safe place to work on your vehicle:
No working on the side of busy roads, No working on unstable or steep surfaces. We do not perform repairs during severe weather.
Authorization from a property owner or management.
If you rent please ensure work can be performed where your vehicle is. If your repair work is being done in a parking lot or at your place of employment, please ensure you have permission to have work performed. We do not do repairs in areas restricted by law.
Are you in our service area?
Our services are available, on site throughout Michigan. Odds are you live near one of the cities we provide service in. These are some of the common places we perform repair services.
- Battle Creek
- Byron Center
- Comstock Northwest
- Comstock Township
- Comstock Park
- East Grand Rapids
- Forest Hills
- Georgetown Township
- Grand Haven
- Grand Rapids