AC Compressor Replacement for Hyundai Sonata? on 2008 Hyundai Sonata

I took my 2008 Hyundai Sonata with 56,000 miles on it into the dealer to have the air conditioning unit looked at because it blows warm air -- basically when I'm driving slower around town, but it blows cold air just fine when I'm driving faaster down the freeway. They said the air compressor needs to be replaced to the tune of about $1,000. My boyfriend wants me to just try recharging it instead. He knows nothing about cars -- is this something a novice can do? And, will this possible "fix" work actually for awhile, or will it make things worse? -- should I just bite the bullet and get the thing replaced?

by in Minneapolis, MN on July 18, 2012
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ANSWER by on July 18, 2012
If the compressor is bad it would do no good to recharge. I recommend that you ask around for a shop in your area that specilizes in A/C work. That could be a way to get a second opinion of problem and perhaps get a lower price of a repair.
COMMENT by on July 18, 2012
Thanks for your quick response -- I will give that a try.
COMMENT by on July 19, 2012
Check warranties on repairs at both dealer and independant before letting anyone repair the system. If the compressor is failing internally there is most likely contaminants in the system , which will just lead to premature failure of the new compressor ,unless dealt with properly.Good luck.
COMMENT by on July 25, 2012
Thanks! -- the vehicle is in a different shop today to get another estimate -- I'll mention this possibility to them when they call me. I wanted to follow up about my visit to another local repair shop. They found the problem, and it certainly was NOT the compressor. They noticed that one of the fans on the unit was not turning and that it was unplugged. They plugged it back in and THAT solved the problem. The system was a little low on freon so they charged it up and the A/C is working just great. The recommendation to seek another opinion saved me $1,000 -- thank you!! I will be contacting the dealer to complain about their bad diagnosis, which BTW, cost me $120 since "the bad compressor wasn't under warranty"........
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