AC Not Blowing Cold on Honda CR-V

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.

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Average mileage: 101,373 (10,000–260,000)
15 model years affected: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
349 people reported this problem
188 people shared problem details
2004 Honda CR-V40,000
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.
2010 Honda CR-V57,000
A/C just stopped cooling from one minute to the next.
2004 Honda CR-V53,000
Air worked fine, then just started blowing warm/hot air.
2008 Honda CR-V116,000
Started blowing hot air when I started car, ac worked fine when I went into store
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.
1997 Honda CR-V226,100
Will not hold freon charge, light comes on when ac button is pressed and hear the engine load, but no cold air
2003 Honda CR-V65,000
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.
2005 Honda CR-V70,000
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..
1999 Honda CR-V46,000
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.
2004 Honda CR-V130,000
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
2003 Honda CR-V96,000
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.
2002 Honda CR-V82,000
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.
2010 Honda CR-V60,000
My A/C is blowing hot air. I am currently shopping for the best price to fix it.
2005 Honda CR-V110,000
Dealer quotes 3000.00 to fix.
2011 Honda CR-V65,578
Air conditioner is blowing hot air
2009 Honda CR-V98,000
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.
2009 Honda CR-V120,000
Same problem, blowing nothing but hot air and won't hold freon. All needs to be replaced, costing $1350
2009 Honda CR-V111,000
My 2009 Honda CR-V when I turned on the engine a few days ago, the air conditioning made a hissing sound and started blowing out warm air instead of cold. My windshield started to fog up all the time never has cleared, it is like some type of residue is on it but the rest of the windows in my car are fine. Now when I turn on my engine there is a rattling noise that I never had before and as I drive the car the rattling gets louder. I took it to my mechanic and he said it is about a $1000 a/c repair job to replace the compressor and etc. what I am upset about is are these little fragments making the rattle notice going to spread to my engine and ruin it? Honda never told me there was a problem with this so I could have had it fixed at my last visit with dealers service check which was last year when my miles were lower and qualified for the extended warranty on this part! I am livid!
2008 Honda CR-V131,500
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.
2011 Honda CR-V88,000
Two weeks ago the a/c seemed to work when it wante. It was blowing cold air when driving but hot air when slowing down or stopped. I would shut it off and wait and some times is would work when I turned it back on. Thinking that it only needed a recharge I went to my mechanic and it was working then. He said it was slightly down so let's due the recharge. It lasted all of two hours. Called my mechanic and told him it was blowing only hot air after blowing ice cold air. He said it sounds like the compressor is not working so come back down and he will check it. Upon inspection he was correct that it was not working. Informed me of the extended warranty for the clutch. Went to the Honda dealer and told them what was gong on and they informed me that it is only the clutch and coil that is covered not the compressor. I have an appointment on Tuesday for them to look at it and was told if it is the clutch and coil there will be no charge. My question is if it the compressor why should I have to pay for it??? Seriously considering not buy another Honda again as this is the second major repair on a 4 year old vehicle. The first one was the catalytic converter which was under warranty.
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