What is a condenser?

A condenser is part of the cars air conditioning system and works to cool down the refrigerant which has been heated up by the compressor. The condenser is similar in design to a radiator and as air passes through it cools down the refrigerant. The cooling of the refrigerant causes it to condensate from a gas back into a liquid so that it can be used again in the air conditioning process.

How do I choose the correct condenser?

There are often different types of air conditioning systems fitted to a specific model of vehicle so there are a few things to consider when selecting the correct part. The best way to choose the correct replacement part is to locate the original part number from the condenser that you need to replace and search and compare parts that match that number. We would always advise that you check any compatibility notes listed with the part shown as correct.

Here are some factors to consider:

  • Automatic or manual air conditioning (climate control or manual)

  • Manufacturer of the air conditioning system

  • Height, width and depth measurement of the condenser

  • Vehicle manufacture date (this is not the date the vehicle was registered but the date it was made)

  • VIN (chassis number) sequence (up to or after as specific number/letter)

What brand of condenser should I choose?

The number of aftermarket manufacturers of air conditioning condensers is limited so there will not be many to choose from. The brand you choose will likely be down to which part is available at the time you need it. Choosing the part with the longest warranty period and that is within your budget is probably the best choice.

How can I tell my condenser needs replacing?

A faulty condenser would mean your air conditioning would not produce cool air. There can be a number of reasons why your air conditioning may not be functioning so we would always recommend that you have your vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic to receive an accurate diagnosis.

Some of the symptoms of a faulty condenser are:

  • The air conditioning system is not producing cool air

  • The air conditioning system produces a bad smell in the cabin

  • The air conditioning system is noisy

  • Burning smell

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