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I have a 2006 fusion and the air conditioning is not

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I have a 2006 fusion and the air conditioning is not working . A mechanic said it could either be the orifice tube or the pressure switch which is supposed to be located behind the dash board . It seems it would take about 6 hours of labor to get to . Is that true ? I was recently involved in a collision on the left side , could that cause those parts to fail ?
JA: How long has this been going on?
Customer: just recently , I let the car sit for awhile , the collision was in October and I just got it to the body shop
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: no , I was hoping the insurance company would pay for it because I think it might be related to the collision . The car needed a left fender , left headlamp, and a radiator support , it pushed me into a curb so I also needed a Right front wheel bearing
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: nope
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Did the mechanic check to see if the system had enough refrigerant?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
compressor works , coil is good , system is charged , he jumped the relay and everything works fine , mechanic said its either the orifice tube or the pressure switch under the dash . he said its like 6-7 hours labor to get at those parts , could that be from the collision ?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what causes those parts to fail ?
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year ago.

I am not sure why he thinks it's the orifice tube. Your car does not have one. Your car has a thermostatic expansion valve and that is about a half hour to replace. If you have a good charge then I doubt the accident is the cause of this problem unfortunately. I am not aware of a pressure switch under the dash. The pressure switch is in the engine compartment.

Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year ago.

the most intense part of your AC system to replace would likely be the evaporator core which is located in your dash. But, that is a 5.6 hour job. I have no idea what he is saying will be a 7 hour job to replace.

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