ac light flashing/hot air on 2002 Toyota Camry

my ac will run ok for a few miles and then will stop blowing cold air, then the light will start blinking. but then you turn the ac off and wait a few minutes and turn it back on and it will work fine and then start the whole thing over again. there is a few times when it will stay working for the whole duration of the trip.

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My ac would work and then it would just blow hot air and the ac light would flash. It is a $30 fuse at oreilly auto parts. I forgot the name but just google toyota ac fuse or switch
Where is the fuse? is a relay. i changed the one called cdl something under the hood. Its 100 heat index. HELP im melting
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I had this same problem not too long ago. After some research and checking out the A/C compressor, I found it wasn't starting at all. As a temporary fix I used a fuse from one of the other components not needed to start and run the vehicle (the horn) and found that the A/C worked without issue. I purchased the part from the local dealership for about $80 and replaced it.

You should first checkout the compressor. If it doesn't turn at all, then it's either a bad compressor or electrical (fuse). Hope for the later...
What other component? Our locaL DEALERSHIP WANTS 160.00 JUST TO LOOK AT IT. pLUS PARTS AND LABOR. sOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF MONEY TO ME