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A/C blows hot air at idle

(2005 Ford Freestyle)
in Hampton, VA on June 24, 2010
It blows cool air not cold off idle.
High pressure 400 low pressure 120 think its the expansion valve stuck open. Do I need to take intake off or can I get to it another way
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on June 24, 2010
Is the radiator fan working when the a/c is on in your 2005 Ford Freestyle?
on April 04, 2013
Our 2007 Freestyle has had the same issue. This is a vehicle-specific issue. There are several known issues with this family of vehicles & A/C systems. For our problem - no cold air at idle - the most common problem is a clogged SCROLL COMPRESSOR CONTROL VALVE. They can be purchased at 'techchoiceparts' for about $40. Labor/evacuation/recharging may run another $150-200, but definitely necessary. I think we may have waited a little too long, and may still have to replace the compressor. My Ford shop quoted $1300 to replace the compressor, claiming a leaking seal!

Here's the deal. The valve can be easily replaced. It is easily accessible from the outside back of the compressor itself. This valve allows the compressor to function as a variable compressor. A quick fix that may save you many hundreds, as well as a happy spouse!!!

Another common issue is a faulty blend door motor/actuator inside the vehicle. May cause hot or cold on one side or the other. Could also be due to a poor electrical connection.

For more info and fact-checking, you'll find some great info here:

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