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Whining compressor

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Hello dear people,

My A/C compressor whines when the clutch engages, in addition to that it cycles slowly (10 second cycles).

This issue appeared after my mechanic did a gas refill, could it be linked ?
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Could be that he overfilled it.
Did he put oil within the gas?
System cycle when it it's low on gas or overfilled.
It also depends on outside temperature and system pressure which...again ....depends on outside temperature.
Are you sure that belt isn't making the noise under load?
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He didn't put any oil, it was a single use can.
The noise comes from the compressor area and only happens when the clutch engages.
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I had a problem with some noise from the compressor when my old belt was dry and had a little cracks on the lines.
It made noise ONLY when i turn on ac...replaced belt and no more noise.
In your case it could be that compressor is starving for oil.
When ac is being serviced in ac shop they always put some amount of oil through gas line.
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Need to get a gauge set hooked up and see what your pressure goes down to while the compressor is active. It could be that the orifice tube is clogged or that the pressure gets so low that it cuts the compressor off due to pulling a temporary vacuum.
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Mine made that noise when it was overfilled.
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