I just had the a/c in my 1999 honda civic repaired: new compressor and dryer. It cost me $850. But now the mechanic says I need a new condenser because the high pressure is outside of the appropriate range. The pressure now reads 350, he says it should be around 300. Is this really a problem? He thinks there may be some blockage in the condenser, and that it would cost $330 for parts and labor to replace. Should I even bother?
Unfortunately when a compressor goes bad it can often cause debris to be circulated throughout the system, which ends up meaning you have to replace other components. This may be the case with your condenser.
Here's a pretty good article about the problems a bad compressor can cause and how it can affect the condenser.
Hope this helps.
〉 Answered on May 26th, 2007 by Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines