AC Compressor Oil

January 10, 2023

Ac Compressor Oil Service


Ac Compressor Oil Service

Car A/C compressor oil: Ooooeee, it’s hotter than ever outside, which means everyone is working hotter than ever. Engines especially are being overworked these days. They create a lot of friction, and friction creates heat, compounding the issue further. If you’re not careful in weather like this, it’s easy to send an engine into overheating, which can damage it permanently. Don’t let this happen.

So, when you want to reduce friction and reduce heat, what do you use? Oil. Now more than ever, you should pay attention to oil levels in your vehicle. Of course, you already know about motor engine oil, but did you know your A/C compressor engine needs refrigerant and A/C compressor oil too? But what do A/C compressor oils do, and what are some additional benefits to choosing a quality oil when doing a compressor recharge?


Oils are most often used as lubrication to keep two separate parts from sticking together when they come in contact. This principle applies to cooking food (i.e., oiling a pan for frying) and to physical connection between machine and engine parts. For example, the air conditioner compressor is an engine just like your motor engine. It involves several factors in constant motion to circulate refrigerant from the condenser to the evaporator to cool your vehicle’s cabin. Considering the original intent of the A/C system is to keep things cool, you can see how it might be counterintuitive if the cooling system itself runs hotter than it should.

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If you’re unsure what compressor oil you need, check the owner’s manual, as always. Additionally, you can usually find that info under your vehicle’s hood, along with other critical engine statistics.

Finally, if you have no luck still, you can use this link to find the right compressor oil for the kind of compressor engine you have (presuming you know the compressor engine type):

Here is a Chart about oils


Choosing the right compressor oil can save a lot of hassle in the long run. Like most products, some oils do the job, but others do the job well. It’s always best to choose the one that does an excellent job than just a good-enough job, trust us. Some notable benefits of good AC compressor oils include:

  • Rubber rejuvenators that restore rubber seals in the system
  • Strengthens seals at joints and valves by creating a dense barrier
  • Improves performance by reducing minor refrigerant compression failures due to leaks


Diagnosis of AC compressor issues can be difficult and time-consuming without the right tools, and a refrigerant reclaims machine like the one we have in our shop.

If you need help, you can bring your car or truck into Tedious Repairs, and we’ll be glad to give you a hand in replacing A/C compressor oil or repairing any other car A/C repair issues you might have.



  • Fast, Affordable A/C oil service
  • Expert A/C Technicians
  • Free Diagnostics with service
  • Free Advice on Parts and Upgrades
Buddy Rausch
Buddy Rausch

Buddy started his auto career journey at Butte College and started his own auto repair company in 2007. Since then he has worked on countless cars, diagnosing, repairing, and replacing worn, faulty, and broken parts.

After a few years, he moved to a bigger shop to accommodate his growth and to better serve the Chico, CA community. It’s a family-owned & operated business.

Outside of work Buddy enjoys spending time with his family and playing softball is one of his many passions.

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