Hi Peter, my car is leaking regidgerant and i was told i need a new compressor and it will cost $600.00 .Does that sound correct?

I took my aveo in to be recharged because it was blowing hot air . when i took it in i was told they needed to run a test on it to make sure there we no leeks .I was charged $100.00 .They ran the test and recharged the AC telling me their were no leeks. Two weeks later I turned on the AC and it blew out hot air again so i took it back and was told the air compressor needed to be replaced and it will cost $600.00 . Is there any way to fix the problem other than replacing the compressor?

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. In regards to the cost, $600 for parts and labor is about right for replacing the compressor on a 2008 Aveo. Without being their to inspect the AC system to pinpoint the source of the refrigerant leak, it’s hard to say or certain if this is the right course of action. It might be best for you have an independent mobile mechanic come to your location and complete an AC is not working inspection before sinking money in repairs that might not be the source of the problem.

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The most common reasons a Chevrolet Aveo 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.
Power surges, compressor overheating and dirty AC coils are some of the common causes of air conditioner`s compressor failure.
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.
If your central AC is not blowing cold air, the refrigerant may be the problem. The unit could be running low and need additional refrigerant added. The most likely cause of this is a leak. A leak not only keeps the AC unit from cooling properly, but also it can cause other issues within the home.
A leak that took a long time to discover may have already inflicted damage on the compressor. In these situations, the compressor can often be replaced—but this is a prohibitively expensive repair if the system is no longer under warranty.
Ticking, rattling, clicking or rumbling: A loose piece of hardware could cause sounds like this to occur near the compressor. Hissing or screaming: A loud hissing or screaming noise from the compressor could indicate dangerous levels of pressure inside the unit.
Look for it first around on the exterior of your machine, especially along the bottom edge near the ground. An AC`s reset button is typically red and visible, so it should be easy to spot. If you don`t see a reset button on the outside, it could be located inside the unit behind the service panel.
If the compressor clutch engages and turns the compressor, but the A/C still does not blow cold air, the system is probably low on refrigerant and needs to be recharged.
If your filter is dirty or clogged, your AC can`t pull in as much air as it needs to per cycle. If your AC pulls in less air, it cools less air and pumps less cooled air throughout your home.

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