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Air Conditioning Condenser

The air conditioning condenser receives the compressed, gaseous refrigerant from the AC compressor. As the hot gas passes through the condenser, it is cooled (changing it into its liquid state) and sent to the evaporator.

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Weak cool air from system (or no cold air at all)

Related Repair Advice

  • The condenser is at the front of the vehicle, right in front of the radiator, and can be damaged by road debris or a even a front end accident
  • A leaking AC condenser should be replaced
  • We recommend replacing the AC accumulator or drier when the AC condenser is replaced. The accumulator acts as a moisture and debris filter for the AC system—a new part will keep the repaired system clean.

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