I just added another $17 because I appreciate all the time you have given me and it is still not quite over.
I now have a complete update and am surprised not to mention furious at what the garage did. I really need your opinion and will do my best to explain in detail
everything I was told. Based on what I was told I feel they did not do the right thing at all. I apologize in advance for the length but do not want to leave anything out.
On Friday when I returned to the garage for the dye test results they took it upon themselves without my authorization to look further into the problem. They found the orifice tube had debris on it from the compressor so they replaced the orifice tube however they said there is a tiny leak in the compressor and that the compressor is the major problem and that the condenser is "not so great either". As a result they already had an estimate prepared for replacing the compressor, condenser and accumulator plus other misc charges i.e. refrigerant oil, sealing washers, refrigerant etc... about $1,500. Probably more in Canada than the U.S. Apparently the evaporator is fine.
I was told before I dropped the car off they were only going to provide me with the results of the dye test because when they injected the dye two weeks ago they said there would be no additional cost for the results and as well they would have no time for anything else that day anyway. I now know why they needed the extra time. Based on this I naturally assumed I would be advised of any further work if required including estimates that I would have to authorize. I left the car with them and called after an hour as I was told I could but was told they needed an additional hour however mentioned nothing outside of what was previously discussed regarding the dye test results. All I was told was they would discuss the issue with me when I return to pick up the car. When I did return I found they took it upon themselves to replace the orifice tube for $250, two-thirds being labor. Once they told me the other components will need replacing and/or repair I could not figure out the purpose in replacing the orifice tube which is mostly labour and will have to be replaced again anyway if I decide or am forced to do the major work? The orifice tube replacement has made no difference. They should have told me what they were going to do before they did the job. If they had told me prior to the work that the compressor was the major problem I never would have authorized the replacement of the orifice tube because the cost of replacing it as part of a major job would not come close to $250. The part was only $15 plus the seal. The job also required adding 1.5 pounds of r134 and cost me $49.
Do you agree with me and as well what is your opinion of what the garage did? In other words, given everything I have stated would you have replaced the orifice tube? I used your information from Thursday and the conclusion I came to after the garage's work was that it is pointless to replace the orifice tube if other components are the major problem unless the orifice tube is so ineffective there is no choice and as I stated there is no noticeable difference as the vent temperature is the same as before. Based on this it is my opinion the orifice tube probably should have been left alone and was probably still functioning at an acceptable level. I am not a mechanic but have tried looking at this logically.
Is the debris found in the orifice tube an indication the compressor is just about done or could it still go for a while? If it is on its last leg then that justifies even less the garage's decision to replace the orifice tube. I just do not see the logic behind what they did because the a/c system did not improve one bit. The botXXXXX XXXXXne is they took it upon themselves to check and replace the orifice tube at my expense without authorization. I will be speaking with the owner on Monday and he is the one who made the decision, but would like your input prior to doing so.
Just as proof, the following is word for word what the invoice reads.
"compressor debris found in orifice tube, will require to replace compressor, accumulator, flush or replace condenser".