2012 Plugin AC cuts off at 75 degrees

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  1. Harold1968

    Harold1968 New Member

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    My 2012 Prius plug-in AC compressor and low speed fans cuts off at 75 degrees. Below 75 AC blows ice cold and low speed fans stay on. Any help would be appreciated
     
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    Unclear: You mean that above 75 (setpoint? outdoor temp?) the cooling fails (?) and the fans go to high speed, or off?
     
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    75 outdoor temp is when the low speed radiator fans and compressor stop working. The high speed radiator fans do not come on.
     
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    Welcome, Harold. You might want to check that there's enough freon. There's a sight glass in the low pressure line at the passenger side of the compartment. The quick and dirty check is to see if there are bubbles there when running the A/C full blast on a hot day. Bubbles mean low pressure. Beyond that, you'd need gauges that have not been used on a regular A/C since even a little regular A/C oil will destroy your compressor, and know how to read them.
     
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    Yah I had the dealer charge it. It works perfect except when the engine gets above 75 then the compressor and low speed fans cut off. I was hoping there was other that had the problem. Dealer wants $5400 to replace everything.
     
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    Yikes. I hope you can find a shop that's experienced with hybrid A/Cs. Sounds like your dealer plans to replace everything. The compressor on my PiP ate itself last year. I got a used one from a hybrid specialist dealer for $100 and the shop he uses for A/C work put it in for $200. Total cost, $300 plus tax. Obviously, if they have to get into the evaporator or other stuff under the dash, it'll cost more, but still ...
     
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    I don't know the electrical details of the PIP A/C, but it sure sounds like a faulty relay of some sort. Maybe find and change any relays associated with A/C and see what happens.
     
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    Overcharged? It will shut down if the high pressure limit is exceeded, and that would explain the over-a-certain-temperature part.
     
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