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Common Air conditioning problem?

Old 06-07-2019, 02:27 PM
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Default Common Air conditioning problem?

2013 XC60 3.2

The ac on the car seems to work sometimes - not so much other times. First start of the day, the AC will usually not start getting cold until you have driven it for maybe 6-10 minutes. However, once the car is warmed up the AC will be cold. What I mean is if i get to the grocery store and I'm inside for 25 minutes, when i come back out and start the car up the AC will begin cooling within just a moment. It doesn't take it 10 minutes like it does first thing in the morning.
On very long drives, the AC will eventually stop blowing cold and I can get it cold again by turning off the AC and then back on a minute later. This is a minor inconvenience compared to the 10 minutes it doesn't blow cold at all though when first started.

The local Volvo dealer looked at it today and said that the compressor is engaging but they are recommending to replace the compressor. Other suggestion was to evac and refill to make sure the freon level is correct.

It seems like they might be throwing an expensive part at the problem without much thought put in. I was hoping to hear from others here on what issues you've had with the AC. Any simple items that could be responsible before we replace a $$$ compressor?

Old 06-14-2019, 07:43 AM
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Recharge the refrigerant at an independent auto shop or do it yourself.
Old 06-14-2019, 07:58 AM
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I don't think its a refrigerant level issue. I'm beginning to suspet its the compressor control switch that is installed in the end of the compressor after reading up on the matter on VW forums and a few posts on here too. The VW and I guess many euro cars have a similar compressor setup where they are variable displacement and use this control valve. what I read said that if they seem to only work when the engine is good and warm but not when the temps are cooler, the control valve could be to blame due to it sticking until things warm up and move more easily.
This sounds pretty spot on to our symptoms.

The plan is to order this valve and a new receiver dryer and have the garage down the road evac it and then refill it when parts have been replaced. Lady of the house will be out of town for a week soon and i'll plan to it then...with a beer in my hand and possible no pants on! Sorry, i'm just excited about the upcoming week of freedom!
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