How long should an air conditioner compressor last in a car?

The AC compressor should last for the entire life of the car,usually 8-10 years.

System maintenance and compressor efficiency

The compressorís efficiency can be improved by maintaining the correct working conditions. This involves keeping the suction pressure as high as practical and the head pressure as low as practical within the design parameters.
A dirty evaporator will cause the suction pressure to drop. When the suction pressure goes below normal, the vapor that compressor is pumping become less dense and gets thin (sometimes called rarified vapor).The compressor performance declines. Low suction pressures also cause the high-pressure gases caught in the clearance volume of the compressor to expand more during the pistonís downstroke.This gives the compressor a lower volumetric efficiency. These gases have to expand to a pressure just below the suction pressure before the suction valve will open. Because more of the downward stroke is used for reexpansion, less of the stroke can be used for suction. Suction ends when the piston reaches bottom dead center. Low evaporator pressures cause high compression ratios.
Dirty condensers also cause compression ratios to rise, but they do not rise as fast as with dirty evaporator.A dirty condenser makes the head pressure to rise. This causes the amount of refrigerant in the clearance volume (at the top of the compressor cylinder) to be greater than the design conditions allow and the compressor efficiency to drop.
If there is a dirty condenser (high head pressure) and a dirty evaporator (low suction pressure), the compressor will run longer to keep the refrigerated space at the design temperature. The overall efficiency drops.
Evaporator core and condenser core maintenance will increase the life of the air conditioning compressor,improve the A/C efficiency and cooling capacity.With regular A/C maintenance we are saving money in the long run and getting the most out of the air conditioning system.

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