Ford A/C Compressor Buyer's Guide
- The A/C compressor is the hardest-working part of any air conditioning system.
- Internal and external breakdowns account for most of the problems that afflict Ford A/C compressors. Also, an A/C compressor often fails due to a different part of the air conditioning system that malfunctions.
- Most OE replacements parts can match the performance of OEM parts. Many OE parts also cost less than their OEM counterparts.
- The price tag of an OE Ford A/C compressor ranges anywhere between $125.84 and $2,063.60 on CarParts.com.
The A/C compressor is the hardest-working part of any air conditioning system. Pressurizing the refrigerant gas uses so much energy that the device usually gets its power directly from the engine through an engine accessory belt. Even Ford-built compressors that share their vehicle’s trademark toughness will get worn down by constant use.
Why Does your Ford A/C Compressor Need Replacement?
Internal and external breakdowns account for most of the problems that afflict Ford A/C compressors. External failures include leaks that release refrigerant, malfunctioning clutches, and power loss from slippage due to worn-out engine accessory belt. Meanwhile, internal failures involve a part inside the compressor
Understandably, it’s easier to fix an external failure. When an internal part breaks down, it litters the insides of the compressor with metallic shrapnel. The broken pieces can escape into the cooling system and spread the damage. Thus, a repair job for an internal failure must flush each part to remove any contaminants.
Keep in mind that an A/C compressor often fails due to a different part of the air conditioning system that malfunctions. Check the rest of the cooling system for problems and fix them before installing the new compressor. Otherwise, the replacement part will succumb to the same problem as its predecessor.
Comparing OE and OEM Ford A/C Compressors
When browsing options for a replacement Ford AC compressor, you may come across the terms OE and OEM. They describe parts that function in the same way but come from different makers.
Also called Genuine parts, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are replacement components made by the original manufacturer or duly approved companies. OEM Ford A/C compressors are exclusive to Ford dealerships and its partner retailers.
Meanwhile, Original Equipment (OE) refers to components built by companies with no official connection to the original manufacturer. Examples of brands that offer OE Ford A/C compressors include 4-Seasons, Spectra, and Replacement.
Most OE replacements parts can match the performance of OEM parts. Some OE manufacturers not only design their components to fit in the same space and accept the same attachment points as the OE replacement partsparts, but also correct flaws in the original design and make other changes that improve the device’s performance.
Many OE parts also cost less than their OEM counterparts. So while they may not last as long as Genuine parts, OE parts enjoy better cost-efficiency.
How Much Does a Ford AC Compressor Cost?
The price tag of an OE Ford A/C compressor ranges anywhere between $125.84 and $2,063.60 on CarParts.com. The prices are exclusive to our store and you may find higher prices on the market. The replacement parts are available on their own or as a part of a kit. To find the AC compressor guaranteed to fit your Ford, enter your vehicle’s year, make, and model in the filter tab.