Air conditioner, does it need refrigerant or new compressor? on 2005 Acura MDX

Was driving around town 105 degrees,AC had a burned leaves smell coming.g through the vents...lasted about a min. Then nothing but hot air blowing from the vent. Does it need refrigerant, or a new compressor (ouch). ?? Help its 111 today...im stuck to my leather seat. Its only 7 years old, and had been blowing ice cold the day before.

by in Overland Park, KS on July 30, 2012
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ANSWER by on August 23, 2012
If the compressor is not functioning the air conditioner will blow warm. If the system is low on refrigerant, the compressor won't turn on. Either way, no cold air. Only a detailed inspection by a qualified technician will tell for sure. Of course, if the compressor is not coming on because the system is low on refrigerant, the question is "where did the refrigerant go?" If you have a system leak, that will have to be fixed first.