My A/C cuts off after several minutes of normal operation

Asked by Jul 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM about the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The A/C works fine for several minutes, then cuts off.  If I select one of the heater positions, sometimes I get cool air that way.  If I shut off the A/C completely for 5 or so minutes, it comes back on when selected.  In past vehicles, I experienced freezing in the cooling coil due to the water drain plugging.  My unit seems to drain condensation OK.

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One idea is to check that the AC compressor isn't engaged even though the system is off. A frozen-over evaporator is what comes to mind here but this concern is usually accompanied by a dead or very low battery. Ford stopped using a diode in line with the AC Compressor Field Coil circuit and thus, AC power relays tend to burn out and keep power on the AC Compressor continually. Just a thought.

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