My air conditioner is not producing cold air - Why?


Asked by Jul 01, 2015 at 03:56 PM about the 2011 Ford Escape

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2011 Ford Escape has been in the auto repair shop 4 times without being able to pinpoint the problem.  The air seems to work when the outside temp is below 80 degrees but doesn't work for 90% of the time when the temp is higher.  Previously the air didn't work when set at level 2 and 3 of the four levels.  The condenser, expansion valve and receiver/drier have been replaced.  Previously, the air would work for a day or two after in the shop but would return back to blowing out warm air.  Thanks!

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Try cleaning out your A.C condenser coil with a garden hose and nozzle or better yet a pressure washer could be the condenser coil is clogged or partially clogged with dirt and bugs allowing little to no air flow across the coils. Could be that is why it cools until temps get really high. Also have your orfice tube filter check this is a filter that is located in the high side line of the A.C system.

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I'm being told by the Ford Dealer that my a/c is not working due to water getting in under the seal. Ford is aware of this problem (2011 Escape) but refuses to fix free of charge. The answer is to pay the $1,070. and hope the sealing they are going to do works. Last Ford for me. Owner of Fords since 2000.

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Grant Manhart

Explorer 2008 Heater quit. IN South DAkota in January. Learned it is a systemic issue. then A C quit...again a systemic issue. Then bought a Ford Escape: AC quit. Dealer fixed it, failed immediately. 3 K underwater, of course! Sorry Ford you had your chance!!

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I am experiencing the same intermittent issue of the A/C starting to blow hot air when 2013 Ford Explorer has been sitting out/ driving in temps over 90 degrees outside. Been to 3 different Ford dealers in NC, SC, and PA and they have not been able to find or repair problem. Have contacted Ford customer service and they have done nothing to elevate this issue. Vehicle back in shop while outside temps in 90s

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A/C works fine otherwise and dealers say no error codes are recorded and all A/C test gauges read normal when tested. Wonder if this is a systemic design flaw in Ford SUVs???

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My wife's 2014 Nissan Rouge was doing the same thing took it to dealer and of course they could not find anything wrong. Being a mechanic myself is suggested it had a bad expansion valve but they said was not covered under the warranty so replaced the valve myself and that took care of problem.

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