Could my A/C issue be anything but the compressor?

Coral Horstmeyer

Asked by Aug 17, 2016 at 11:16 AM about the 2009 Saab 9-3 2.0T Comfort Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

First, my A/C stopped working in passenger side vents.  Now, the driver vent is not working, but not as bad as the passenger side.

5 Answers

Bob Beaman

If cold air comes out of ANY of the vents the problem is NOT the compressor. The problem likely lies with the air blend door and what controls it.

Coral Horstmeyer

Does your answer change if in the two weeks since this started, the vents previously working are now cool, but not cold (it may be worth mentioning that since the good vent has stopped being cold and just cool, we have been experiencing 100 degree days).

Bob Beaman

The A/C compressor works to make the system cold. The air coming out of the vents is affected by the blend door and other parts of the air distribution system. If the air is cold anywhere the compressor is working. If you have decided it is the compressor, then replace it. Or a better suggestion is to take your vehicle to a reputable shop that has experience in HVAC vehicle repair.

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Coral Horstmeyer

Thank you so much. I am going to the mechanic that has been fixing my Saabs for 17 years (previously a Saab dealership). I was asking because when the car was under warranty, they replaced the compressor and it was about a $1,200 repair (if I remember correctly), so I am trying to brace myself for the cost. I do appreciate our feedback.

Bob Beaman

I hope the compressor is good and all that you need is some less expensive work done to get it operating properly. Best of luck with it.

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