AC damaged and not working

My air conditioner is damaged and doesn't work at all.
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Hello. Your A/C system has several components that can cause the air conditioner to be damaged and not work properly. You could have a bad A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, receiver/dryer, orifice tube, high pressure, or there could be a leak in one of the A/C lines. If your air conditioner is not working at all, a complete diagnoses would be necessary to pinpoint the problem with your A/C system.

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The wearing of the compressor clutch is the most common cause of the Honda CRV AC problems. If the Honda CRV condenser is blocked or dirty it will result in the failure of the air conditioning system.
The most common reasons a Honda CR-V ac isn`t working are a refrigerant leak, an electrical climate control issue, or a problem with the air conditioning compressor. You may not realize there`s a refrigerant leak until the air conditioner stops blowing cold.
What`s making my CR-V A/C put out warm air? If your car`s air conditioning isn`t blowing cold air at all (or it tries, then turns warm), you could have a clogged expansion valve, a faulty compressor clutch, a leak, or a malfunctioning fuse in the system. What can cause an A/C system leak?
Dirty air filters are usually the most common problem that air conditioners face. Faulty motors are another common issue that air conditioners face and that can impact the cooling system. If the AC stops cooling suddenly, the thermostat should be checked.
Your car`s AC stopped working most likely because of a freon leak or a bad compressor. Though these causes are the simple to spot reasons for your AC not working inside your car, it might be anything as simple as a dirty cabin filter or a bad belt.
First, check your filters and coils for dirt and debris that may be impeding airflow. Once you`ve cleaned the filters and coils, run the air conditioner with just the fan so that the ice accumulation can melt off. If the AC still doesn`t blow cold air, it could be that refrigerant levels are too low.
The ambient temperature sensor (switch) is located either behind the front grille or in the front bumper.
If your air conditioner is blowing out warm air, your unit`s refrigerant levels might be low. This usually indicates a refrigerant leak in your system! If that`s the case, your air conditioner will continue to run and blow out warm air, trying to reach the temperature you set on your thermostat.
It loses its charge: A very common cause of an air conditioner not being cold is that the refrigerant needs to be recharged. You can charge it yourself with a charger kit, but you may be more comfortable bringing it to the shop for an easy fix.
A refrigerant leak, electrical issues, or a system malfunction are the most common reasons for an Accord`s ac not working. Your Honda Accord`s air conditioning may be malfunctioning for a number of reasons. The most obvious cause is a low level of refrigerant in the system, and you should always look for this first.
A refrigerant leak, electrical issues, or a system malfunction are the most common reasons for an Accord`s ac not working. Your Honda Accord`s air conditioning may be malfunctioning for a number of reasons. The most obvious cause is a low level of refrigerant in the system, and you should always look for this first.

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Honda Civic 2008. AC stopped working suddenly and engine check light came ON for a day.Next day AC worked and no engine light.
ANSWER : Hi there. In both cases, when an AC system is not working and a warning light is coming on the dashboard, typically a professional mechanic will complete the same initial inspection, which is to download the stored error codes that triggered the warning light initially. This tends to give them an idea as to what is causing the problems. This could be something as simple as an electrical relay that is faulty or loose or an indication of a computer related "glitch". Either way, the best way to move forward is to have a professional mobile mechanic complete a check engine light inspection.

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My AC does not always work. If I fiddle with the blower knob I can ususally get it to work on the lowest setting.
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It sounds like you may have a faulty blower motor resistor. The highest speed setting may still work because in most cars in the highest fan speed settings the current bypasses the blower motor resistor. In some cars, if the resistor is failed, the fan may stop working completely. Another reason a blower motor resistor may fail is when the blower motor has a mechanical problem or when a foreign object jams the blower motor fan blade and prevents it from spinning freely. This leads to increased current through the resistor and causes it to overheat and fail. I would suggest having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose your system to determine what may be causing the fan not to work properly.

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My AC is not working took it the mechanic and he told me that’s it has a blown fuse box which is causing my AC not to work?
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The circuit is going to have to be tested for a short to confirm why the fuse blew. It can take some time to trace the wires, though it is probably the compressor. If you need to have this diagnosed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your AC system.

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