AC blows hot air only in my Corolla

Tiny
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  • 2003 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 65,000 MILES
I have a 2003 Toyota Corolla with 65,000 miles on it. Last summer, I noticed that some days, I would get in my car and the AC would just blow hot air. But, then, the next day, it would blow cold air again. It did this on and off for a month or so. Then, I didn't have the issue for a long time. Two months ago, it did it again, so I finally brought it to a shop, but of course when they looked at it, it was blowing cold air. So, they said they checked for leaks and such and everything seemed fine. They went ahead and put more freon in (though they said I wasn't too low on it). It blew cold until last Friday and now the AC blows nothing but hot air.

I live in Florida and am a student so I want to get this fixed, but I can't spend $1000 to fix this issue. I know nothing about cars and I don't want to be taken advantage of when I go back to the shop and they tell me what has to be fixed. Can anybody give me any advice on things my husband and I could do to fix or check the car before I take it in?
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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 AT 3:58 PM

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Tiny
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Could be air and mositure in it forming into ice and blocking off the orifice tube-try having it evacuated
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 AT 6:03 AM
Tiny
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After 5 days of blowing nothing but hot air, I got in my car yesterday morning to bring it to Firestone. When I turned the car on, the air was actually cool and I almost contemplated turning back, but then after driving it for 5 minutes, the air started to get warm again. So I brought it in. Go figure when they looked at it, it was back to blowing cold air and they could not find any issue with it. So, they just gave it back to me.

Now this morning, I get in and start to drive to work, it's cold air. Then after a few minutes, it started to get warm AGAIN! I had a meeting to get to so I couldn't go straight back to the shop so I drove to my office and parked. Turned the car off and then back on, and the air was ice cold! I'm so confused with this issue. Does this sound like an electrical problem? If so, what could it be? I'm so frustrated with this.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011 AT 3:27 PM
Tiny
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Have the AC system purged out and see what happens
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011 AT 7:39 PM
Tiny
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Well, I just brought it back because it was doing it again this afternoon. They think its either that the compressor is bad or its the relay for the compressor. They were playing with it and got it to blow cold again so now they have to get it to stop working again to see exactly what is wrong.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011 AT 7:44 PM

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