Problem Description and Possible Solution
The AC condenser failed due to contact with road debris and a lack of protection for the condenser.
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Average mileage: 77,912 (110–275,000)
21 model years affected: 1994
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191 people reported this problem
A/C was blowing warm air, intermitten at first, then just warm air. Had a/c compressor, receiver drier, replaced. At the time hoses, condenser, evaporator were said to be fine. Worked fine for 3 months, but it didn't seem to get as cool as before. Now hot, and I mean hot air is blowing through the drivers side vents, and the passanger side vents seem to be fine. Does not matter if auto or dual climate is on. Tried to manually use fan & a/c, at different temperatures, does not matter. I've read about the a/c condenser problems, but if this was the case, wouldn't blow hot through all the vents? I've been told that there is a ambient air temperature sensor located in the front of my vehicle, and this could get damaged or stop working and cause this. Haven't looked at this part yet, but will try. Someone mentioned the air blend door, and I will check this out to. If anyone knows a fix or has an idea, I'm open to finding this out.
Just bought a brand new 2013 Honda Accord. I have been a loyal Honda customer my entire life. My a/c was not cooling, so I returned to the dealership where I bought it. I was told a rock hit my condenser, all of the freon leaked out, and the condenser would have to be replaced. The condenser part will cost approximately $135, but with installation it will cost $650! After all of my research online it appears this is a wide-spread problem with the design and Honda is actually making money off of the defect by charging outrageous service fees to fix the problem. It disgusts me to think this could happen again and again and again!!! So I will need to continue to pay this much money each time road debris hits my car??? Furious that Honda will not fix this flaw!!!!!!
I am assisting my friend with this same issue. Sounds like a common problem...I had never heard such a crazy explanation and thought the dealer was full of it. Got the car in November and 1st time using the A/C it did not work. The advisor explained (without opening the hood) that a rock likely damaged the compressor and it is a $700 customer pay repair, not covered in warranty. BRAND NEW CAR.
Wow, so I contacted the District Manager and before I could explain what happened he also brought up the "road debris" scenario unsolicited. So this is TWO people volunteering up that it might be damaged from something hitting it. Sounds like a very well-trained staff covering for a design flaw. Wow. Well I referred her to hammer on Customer Care and awaiting the results of that. Wow I cannot believe this is so common, clearly it is a known issue at Honda. Likely not driving any repeat business off of this one.
The AC condenser failed due to contact with road debris and a lack of protection for the condenser. This has happened to me twice, once in November of 2011 and again this month January 2013. Why can Honda fix this problem?
My A/C start to blow hot air. Went to Honda Service and they would take at least 1 day to diagnose and only do it during the week day from 9-3. Went to a mechanic friend and run the diagnostic test and did the complete leak test. Found no leak. Completed the recharge process and changed cabin filter in less than 1hr for about $110. Reviewed all comments about Honda A/C problem and the dealerships negligence to fix the problem or do a decent service i'm very disappointed. I would definitely reconsider my options for the future purchase and pass this info to friends and family. Honda is becoming less valuable crappy products. Production line defects I suspect.
Air compressor needs replacement
Just had the condenser replaced in my 2011 Acura due to damage from road debris. Judging from various postings this is a common problem. If enough people complain maybe Honda will reimburse the owners. After spending $830.00 to replace it, the problem could repeat itself again and again.
I simply wrote a nice letter to Honda stating how many nice Hondas I've had in the past, and my problem shouldn't exist since other Hondas I've owned, with more miles, didn't have these issues. Another mention in my letter was stating this type of quality from the big 3 lead me to purchase a Honda. If I can't get better, I'll return to the big 3 or another brand. A few weeks went by, and I not only received my part cost, the dealership also repaid me in full for the repair. Hey, we pay a premium for cars, and they shouldn't have half the problems they do, and certainly not at my expense!
My car is blowing out hot air.
A/c takes 20+ minutes to get cold was recharged
a/c not working because of road debris that hit the condenser..
Estimated cost acoording to my mechanic 475.00 to 500.00
A/C problem blowing warm air
Had the same problem with my Honda Accord, AC started blowing hot air, went to Honda dealer for diagnostics, the problem was condenser got shot by road debris. The charges to fix are about 650. Spoke to Honda customer service at headquarters no sympathy...suggestion get it fixed through insurance. Highly disappointing experience with no real solution.
same problem. small pebble took out condenser. not covered under warranty. same thing Honda was sued for a couple of years ago. maybe it's time for another class action.
Debris(Rock)A/C Condenser and the Honda dealership wants $710.00 to replace it. I was shocked when they told me how much it would cost.First Honda and my last Honda...Arthur
I have Honda Accord 2013. My A/C not cooling at all, I took the car to the dealership in downtown Seattle. I was told a rock/debris hits my condeser and so, the condesner would have to be replaced. The total const would be $823. The part itself will cost $170 Plus Tax. I searched online what the most common problem causing the Honda AC not cooling, I shocked as I read about many Honda's customers suffered from same problem. From my reading I got the conclusion that Honda defect design is a main source to cover for 60,000 warranty provided with purchase a new car. It sounds from the service center that this problem may happen again and again. Now looking for justice previlage, people usually buying new cars to avoid spending their weekends and vaccation with Honda service center. I beg all customers, if one of you is attorney, reporter or even working on TV channel to let Honda be responsible for their design deficincy.
I've had my car for a year and the AC is blowing hot air. Contact the dealer, explained what was going on and instantly stated that "a rock may have hit the condenser and caused the AC to go out". I kept looking and found this page. I haven't even taken it in and the dealership already knew what was wrong. I can't afford $600 to repair a new car. I am steaming mad that this is not covered under warranty.
AC not blowing cold air, so I took to dealership and they told me even before opening hood that “your condenser must be damaged by rock or debris”, later on they checked and confirmed. I have only 13,000 miles and I have to pay 750$ to fix this issue, since this is not covered by warranty. I bought Honda care plan when I bought this car and that plan also don’t cover this issue. I have to pay 750$ every time condenser will get shot by rock or debris ??? I did some research and found that this is design flaw and dealerships are making a lot of money out of this. I am very disappointed from Honda and there service.