Before we even touch upon the topic of how much it might cost to replace an A/C evaporator, there’s one important thing to keep in mind: Depending on where you take your vehicle for servicing, if you do the repair yourself, where you buy your parts, the quality of those parts, the make/model/year of your vehicle, and so much more, A/C evaporator replacement costs can vary greatly.
Very generally speaking, a roughly estimated cost to replace an A/C evaporator could be from $995 up to $1250, or more. Here’s an estimated breakdown of that, however:
- Parts: between $407 and $508
- Labor: between $589 and $743
Here’s some additional information regarding your vehicle’s air conditioning system and evaporators.
A/C Evaporators – What Are They?
To cool a vehicle’s interior, the temperature is changed by expanded and compressed refrigerant courtesy of the air conditioning system. The Refrigerant is made cold thanks to the air conditioning evaporator. The location of a vehicle’s evaporator is usually beneath the dashboard.
With a Bad A/C Evaporator, Can You Still Drive?
If you don’t mind being extremely hot in the warmer months, you can drive an automobile with a faulty evaporator. Not only will the driver, passengers, and pets be uncomfortable, it could be dangerous for some individuals (pets, seniors, small children, etc.).
Faulty A/C Evaporators – Signs and Symptoms
If you turn your vehicle’s air conditioning system on, but only warm air is coming from the vents, there’s every chance that the A/C evaporator has gone bad. The air can’t be cooled because not enough refrigerant is getting to the evaporator. This could be caused by a leak or a clog, as well. A blinking/warning A/C switch is standard on some vehicles, so you may also be alerted to an air conditioning system problem in that manner.
Is A/C Evaporator Replacement Something that Happens on a Frequent Basis?
The chances of a new AC evaporator being needed in most cars are relatively slim. This is not to say it never happens, however. Here are a few things that could occur that would lead to the need for an A/C evaporator replacement:
- If the air conditioning system has a lot of moisture, because the evaporator has a metallic makeup, corrosion could be caused by that moisture.
- It could also be ruined if it gets coolant on it due to a leaking heater core.
- Finally, the evaporator may leak because A/C lines connecting to the core have rubber seals that can eventually wear down.
If you have considerable automotive repair knowledge, the right tools, and a space to work on your vehicle, you may decide to execute this repair yourself. If not, it’s easily taken care of by your local automotive technician.
Need to Work on Your A/C System? You’ll Find Everything You Need Right Here
Particularly if you go by the estimated costs described above, you will be pleasantly surprised by the affordability of A/C evaporators at R & Y A/C Compressors®. We do all we can to provide the highest quality parts to the public at prices that are reasonable. Once more, we offer stellar customer service – and we have for over 30 years. Whether you need evaporators, accumulators, valves, condensers, or some other part that has to do with your vehicle/s air conditioning system, before you shop anywhere else, see what we have to offer.