Signs Your Car’s AC Compressor Is Failing: How To Know And What To Do?

April 15th, 2022 by

Signs Your Car's AC Compressor Is Failing: How To Know And What To Do?

Summer is not too far away, and for most people, summer is just another name for hot, sticky weather. If you’re like most people, the last thing you want to do is get into a car that’s been exposed to the sun all day. But if you have to, at least make sure your AC is working properly! A failing AC compressor can make summer unbearable.


In this blog post, we’ll discuss what to look for when your AC compressor is failing and how to get it fixed.


The following are a few signs that you need to look out for:

  • Your car isn’t cooling down as quickly as it used to.
  • The AC is making strange noises.
  • There’s a weird smell coming from the AC vents.
  • Smoke or steam coming from the hood of your car.
  • AC controls are not working properly (i.e., won’t turn on, etc.)
  • The air coming out of the vents is hot or doesn’t seem to be getting cold.
  • Water is leaking in the cabin.


If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to get your car’s AC compressor fixed as soon as possible. Otherwise, the compressor could fail completely and leave you stranded on a hot day.


What Should You Do When Your Car’s AC Is Failing?

If you suspect that the compressor is failing, your first step should be to take it to a mechanic for diagnosis. They will be able to tell you for sure if the compressor needs replacement or not. You can also ask them for a cost estimate. Depending on your car’s make and model, a new compressor could run anywhere from $400-$800.


However, if you’re confident in your abilities to fix your compressor at home, start by turning off your car and popping the hood.

Find the location of the compressor, which is usually near the front of the engine bay on the passenger side, directly behind or next to one of your vehicle’s belts. Follow that belt to its source (usually a pulley) and unplug it from there – this will stop all power from flowing.

This way, you will be able to identify any problems or signs of wear in your compressor by visually inspecting it first.


Depending on the problem you’ve diagnosed, you can get it fixed by the mechanic or try your DIY skills at home. If you’re not skilled enough, it’s recommended that you leave this work to an expert, else it could lead to catastrophic results.


That’s why we always recommend professional service for AC repairs!


Mazda of Fort Walton Beach, located in Seminole, FL, has a well-trained service team to provide you with exceptional car service. Our team always ensures that your vehicle is performing at its best.

Have a look at our service specials or book a service for car online!

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