AC Not Blowing Cold on Honda CR-V

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The AC compressor may seize resulting in loss of cold air from the AC vents. Often when the compressor fails in the fashion, debris is spread through out the entire air conditioning system resulting in very expensive repairs.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 101,825 (10,000–260,000)
16 model years affected: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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I got into my car at 5:00 today and the air conditioner was blowing hot air. It was fine last night when I was coming home.

Is there anything I can try before bringing it back to the dealer. I just paid over $1,000. to have the power steering problem fixed.

Thank you.
A/C just stopped cooling from one minute to the next.
Started blowing hot air when I started car, ac worked fine when I went into store
This is a common defect on a lot of Honda's. Honda is aware of the defect and rather than issue a recall is stiffing their customer base for the repairs. This should be a recall. I went into my dealer with literally thousands of pages of printouts of issues with the compressors. They fixed mine, but there are thousands of complaints where customers had to pay. Google it.
I have this problem, and I am about to take it to the dealer. I was really glad to read your website. Is there a way I can have this fixed without a costly repair?
Air worked fine, then just started blowing warm/hot air.
Will not hold freon charge, light comes on when ac button is pressed and hear the engine load, but no cold air
My A/C is blowing hot air. I am currently shopping for the best price to fix it.
A/C quit blowing cold air. Loud "banging" sound occurred with a slight smell and "squeeling" noise. Thought something was falling out of my engine. Just happened today, have not had looked at yet.
My Honda CR-V 2003 started making loud noise when the A/c is switched on. Took it to the Honda dealer where I get all my work done. I was quoted $4,000 for replacing the compressor after all discounts applied on labor and parts. Before discount, the quote was for $5,000+. Is is really supposed to be that expensive. I am at a loss whether to get this fixed or trade in this car for a new one. Dealer is not very hopeful of any help from the Honda Goodwill repair program.
Air conditioner is blowing hot air
A/C stopped working, blowing warm air. No sounds. Dealerhips, who to this point has done all maint/repair, says the compressor seized dispersing filings throughout the system, requirimg most of the system to be replaced.. Repair estimated to be a little over $3,000..
After noticing hot air blowing when A/C should have been producing cold air, we took it into our mechanic and their assessment is that the air compressor clutch burnt out requiring at least the compressor to be replaced but recommending everything associated with the A/C to be in order for it to be warrantied. Not what I had in mind today when I woke up.
ac started blowing warm air. It was working the day before. Took it to the dealer and had to pay 1,200$ to replace the ac compressor.
A/C blowing warm air
A/C Broke 3 times and is very expensive. Honda is aware of this problem and refuses to do anything about it. All one needs to do is read the web blogs and you will see how many owners have had this experience with their CRVs. Honda needs to man up and take responsibility for this problem they know it exist and they are turning their back on thousands of people who put their trust in Honda. Honda shoud initiate a recall on all air conditioners in 2004 CRV's and all the have the same problems.
Javier M,Raleigh, NC, USA
AC cool sometimes
A/c stopped blowing cold air after working fine 10 + years. Took to dealer and they said the air condensing unit kind of exploded sending mental all throughout the system and that this is very "rare"! The dealership wants $3800 to fix! Did some research and found out that this is not rare. Now it's time to fight.
blowing warm air for several months -- decided not to investigate as I'm in Maine. Right front started smoking.... thought it was seized brake. Opened up hood, heard belt snap, towed to shop, and now estimated $1,200. just like everyone else.
My car was making a crazy sound. High pitched. Then when I turned it off, it sounded like a marble rolled around and fell out. I started it up again and it didn't make the sound. AC no longer works.