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How Much Does a Car AC Compressor Cost?

AC compressor failure is a common cause of whole-system air conditioning malfunction. The air conditioning compressor is a crucial component of your AC system, and the cost for replacement will impact your wallet. Buy Auto Parts will save you money by limiting AC compressor replacement cost, regardless of your auto’s year, make and model.


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Labor and Part Costs

The labor cost alone for an AC compressor can range from $300 to $500, depending on what car you have. We always recommend purchasing a new AC compressor, instead of remanufactured or used. It will save you money in the long run. AC Compressor costs will change from car to car among many other variables.

Vehicle Dealership Repair Cost DIY With BAP
Year, Make & Model List Price Labor Cost ($130/HR) Total Cost Our Price Savings
Vehicle OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Number List Price Our Price Labor Time (hrs) Independent Shops Estimate National Avg Labor Cost ($100/HR) Dealerships Estimate National Avg Labor Cost ($130/HR)
2000 Toyota Rav4 88310-42070 $431.00 $220.00 2.2 $286.00 (2.2hrs) $717.00 $220.00 $497.00
1999 Range Rover ERR4534 $1,029.54 $222.75 2.2 $286.00 (2.2hrs) $1315.54 $222.75 $1092.79
1993 Mazda Miata NA02-61-450A $578.31 $295.00 1.9 $247.00 (1.9hrs) $825.31 $295.00 $530.31
1996 Toyota Paseo 685987345278 $452.16 $295.00 2.5 $325.00 (2.5hrs) $777.16 $295.00 $482.16
2003 Ford Escape YL8Z 9H307-AH $499.63 $183.15 2.4 $312.00 (2.4hrs) $811.63 $183.15 $628.48



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A new AC compressor may cost a little more, anywhere from $200 to $600, but it’s better to spend a little more now than a lot more later. You can achieve a cheaper AC compressor repair by buying your AC compressor direct and having it installed by an independent mechanic. A remanufactured AC compressor or one you get from the junkyard has a much higher possibility of failure which can contaminate the whole system. This could lead you to having to replace all the parts in your AC system.

How Much Does Labor Cost For an AC Compressor Repair?

Depending on your car, labor prices can vary greatly. If you have a small vehicle where everything is hard to get to, AC compressor repair cost could go up. If you have a large SUV with plenty of room to work and doesn’t require taking off multiple parts, AC replacement costs can be less expensive.

We have come up with some average labor times for different sized vehicles to give you a better idea of an AC compressor repair cost for you. See our article on A/C Compressor Replacement to get an idea what it will take to complete the job yourself. Our table below will help you negotiate a reasonable AC compressor installation cost.

Prices will vary depending on who your mechanic is and what prices they charge per hour. If you go to a dealership instead of a mechanic, prices will almost always be higher. If you need to go to a specialist, prices might be higher than a regular independent mechanic. Our table will give you an idea of how long it should take a mechanic to complete the AC Compressor repair and will give you an idea, based on your mechanic’s rate, how much it should cost.

Vehicle Classification Model 1 Model 2 Model 3
Hatchbacks 2007 Honda Fit ~ 3 Labor hrs 2007 Nissan Versa ~ 2.4 Labor hrs 2007 Chevrolet Malibu ~ 2.4 labor hrs
Sedans 2007 BMW 328i ~ 2.7 labor hrs 2007 Buick LaCrosse ~ 0.6 labor hrs 2007 Lexus ES350 ~ 4.3-5.3 labor hrs
Wagons 2007 Audi A6 ~ 3.3 labor hrs 2007 Volvo XC70 ~ 4.4 labor hrs 2007 Mazda 6 ~ 2.5 labor hrs
Sport Cars 2007 BMW M3 ~ 2.5 labor hrs 2007 Lexus IS350 ~ 3.0 labor hrs 2007 Chevrolet Corvette ~ 7.5 labor hrs
SUVs/Crossovers 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor ~ 3.4 labor hrs 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 3 ~ labor hrs 2007 BMW X3 4 ~ labor hrs
Pickup Trucks 2007 Toyota Tundra 4.1 ~ labor hrs 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2.9 ~ labor hrs 2007 Ford F-150 (non turbo) 3.4 ~ labor hrs
 Included 1.4 hrs for recovery, evacuation and recharge of the system Range = 2.5 labor hrs to 7.5 labor hrs

Why do labor times vary so much?

Simply because there are so many variables. As mentioned above there amount of time changes your AC compressor repair cost. The time it takes to depends on where the part is located, how easily or difficult it is to get to the part, and the rate your mechanic charges. AC replacement costs are directly correlated to the time it takes to complete the repair.

Our hope is that with this knowledge, you’ll know what to expect when you go to your mechanic. People can often feel clueless when it comes to work on their cars, and it’s hard to know if your mechanic is charging too much. One of the best ways to combat this is to get some general knowledge about what the repair will take, and more importantly, shop around. Get quotes from different mechanics. Look for trusted mechanics and give them a call to get an estimate. Sometimes prices will vary by hundreds of dollars. AC compressor replacement cost is subject
to your mechanic’s labor rate, part cost and other factors.

We encourage you to get under the hood and do a spot check of where your AC compressor is. Bring a flashlight just in case. The picture above will give you an idea of what to look for. If your AC compressor is on top and doesn’t need additional parts taken off, you are lucky! If it’s way deep down in the engine bay, you know that it’s going to take a little more work in comparison. If this is the case, AC compressor replacement cost can increase significantly.

Get an Estimate

To get a more accurate estimate of the full cost of replacing an AC compressor, you should take your car into a certified mechanic. Get an estimate from them of the cost of the parts and the labor.

Save Money On A Replacement AC Compressor

Ask your mechanic what parts they will be installing. Then thank them for the estimate and research online. Buy the parts for the same price your mechanic gets them for. Cut out the middleman and avoid the mark-up. Take the parts to your mechanic and have them install it. This method translates into low air conditioning compressor replacement cost. That’s why customers prefer BuyAutoParts. BAP guarantees exact fit and warranties all parts.

Find Your AC Compressor

To find the correct AC compressor that is guaranteed to fit your car at an unbeatable price, use the Year, Make, and Model search at the top of this page. If you find the AC compressor cost is cheaper somewhere else, call our AC specialists at (888) 907-7225. We’ll match any price. This means that you will save money on your AC compressor, without sacrificing quality. Along with the lowest air conditioner compressor cost in the industry, our parts are also backed by BAP’s buyer-friendly warranty.


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