How your A/C condenser fails.
If you've been in a front-impact collision, then it's likely your car has suffered damage to its body, chassis, and some engine parts. The most common of those parts would be the radiator and air conditioning condenser since they are located just behind the front grille. Any damage to the A/C condenser could cause it to leak hot refrigerant and your climate control system will not work. Since R134a is hazardous, you don't want any to leak. But it doesn't take an accident to damage your condenser. It''s not unusual for the passageways inside the core to simply become clogged and/or blocked. This inhibits the flow of refrigerant and will negatively affect your air conditioning by preventing the refrigerant from cooling completely. Either way, a compromised climate control system is uncomfortable to say the least. And when fixing a damaged A/C condenser doesn't work, then replacing yours is the only way to go. After all, it ends up being easier and cheaper to simply get a new one.
Why does your A/C condenser look like a radiator?
The first automotive air conditioning systems
were introduced in 1939 by Packard. For the first couple of decades, multiple automakers attempted to improve on the short comings of previous designs. Still, the refrigerant cycle as we know it today remained fairly consistent. The four main components are a compressor pump, A/C condenser core, expansion valve, and evaporator core. The compressor converts refrigerant from vapor form to liquid. At this point, it is too hot to be used effectively, so it is sent to the air conditioning condenser where it is dried and cooled. The refrigerant then goes to an expansion valve where it is depressurized and transformed into vapor. This vapor is sent through the cold evaporator to absorb heat. A fan blows air past the evaporator and into the cabin of the car, cooling passengers. Finally, as the refrigerant finishes its journey through the evaporator, it re-enters the compressor to repeat the cycle.
Not an easy D.I.Y.
Replacing your bad A/C condenser can be tricky business. In theory, it can be done by anyone with the correct tools and skills. However, the most important consideration one must take into account is the amount of refrigerant left in the system. If your air conditioning hasn't been working for a while because the condenser has been leaking, then there's likely none left. But it is always best to have the system checked by a professional since it takes special tools and permits to collect and dispose of R134a. If you know the system is empty, then you can safely remove the hoses that connect the condenser to the compressor and the receiver drier. If your air conditioning condenser comes with a drier assembled to it, then you can disconnect the hose that leads from it to the expansion valve. Then remove all fasteners that are holding the condenser in place, install your new one the same way, connect the hoses, and you're done. Your system is now ready for charging. Make sure this is done right; we always recommend taking your car to a professional if you are replacing any air conditioning component.
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