We have a 2011 Expedition Limited. We live in Phoenix and the air conditioning takes FOREVER to get cold. I don't know if it's the new more fuel efficient A/C systems but this air is the worst I've ever seen. The air is so bad, it's almost close to me not being interested in Ford anymore. Is anyone else having these problems with the air taking ten minutes or more to get cool, not cold, but just cool? Is there a different pulley I can get for the A/C compressor to make it run better? Is there a larger compressor all together I can get? I think Ford made a blunder on this one, they used to have some of the best air conditioners I can remember but now they seem junk.
I'm in the Phoenix area too. I'm glad its cooling down a bit today to only 114°F down from yesterday's 116°F.
My 07 Expedition A/C usually works pretty good in the hottest of heat. I had a couple of issues with it blowing warm/hot air at idle back in '07 & '08, but nothing for the past couple of years. The dealer not of course duplicate the problem.
There's a huge difference in cool-down time if the expy has been parked outside or inside. If it's been outside, I find it best to roll down the windows for a bit with the A/C on max+recirc and run the front & rear at the same time. A parked vehicle can easily reach over +170°F when parked in the sun. That's just a lot of heat to remove. Tinted windows can help, as can using a windshield sundshade. When parking in the sun, I'll "crack" the roll down windows a bit and open the rear vent windows to reduce the heat build up.
Bottom line, if it doesn't cool well, find out the conditions that it doesn't cool well and then get a mechanic or service adviser to ride along with you to and duplicate the conditions.
The system may not have gotten a full charge of freon at the factory. The dealer should be able to do a performance check and determine if that is the problem. I have found that using the rear A/C in conjunction with the front, the vehicle seems to cool down quicker. If the vehicle has been setting closed up in the sun for a while, driving with the windows open for a short distance will remove some of the heat.
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You have to use the front and rear at same time. I tried running only the front for a while to see if my MPG's were any different vs. using both. I quit the experiment though because the vehicle never cooled down and the Auto A/C kept the fans going full blast even after 10+ minutes of driving.
Otherwise, definately a trip to Dealership. I'd suspect low Freon charge
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I've had my AC checked at the dealer a while ago and they said everything was good. I am in the Midwest for the summer and my AC is still pretty much the same. My brother has a 2010 F-150 and his air seems to be the same as mine. Then we get into his 1996 F-150 and the AC is icy within the first minute. Has anyone heard of a pulley swap or a complete condenser swap to boost the cooling capacity of the vehicles? I've tried just about every combination of windows, vents, and fan speeds and it still takes 15 minutes or more before the system starts to equalize and then the actual cooling process begins. The vehicle takes about 30 minutes or more before it actually gets cool. When I compare this to other vehicles, it just seems excessive for it to take that long to cool. I could care less about the mpg's, I just want the thing to get cool. It's disappointing that Ford used to have some of the best heating and cooling systems in the automotive industry and now, well...
Should not take 15 minutes to start to cool. Something is not right. The air in mine takes about 3 minutes before it's a good cool temp coming out and maybe 5 minutes before the whole cab is decent. At idle these a/c units almost do nothing. This is the design for mpg savings. I would have it checked by another trust worth shop, maybe an a/c only shop.
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A/C on my 2011 F450 is cooling, but not moving enough air. Will eventually cool down, but takes a while especially on hot days we've been having. Took to dealer, they initially indicated it was cooling, so I clarified that air flow seemed to be the problem. The tech located a TSB requiring replacement of housing around evaporator coil, etc. Parts on order. Don't yet know what the real issue is, and have some concerns that my truck may be the guinea pig for this TSB at the dealer I'm using (will have more discussion with dealer before proceeding). Will let you know how this turns out.
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