Auto Air Conditioning
It’s a warm day so you go to turn on the A/C in your car and you get nothing but warm air pouring out the vents. The sweat on your brow has you on the search for a mechanic who can work on your air conditioning and turn your vehicle back into a cool, comfortable ride.
Auto air conditioning repair has evolved over the years as the air conditioning systems have become more complicated and the gas circulating through the a/c system has changed.
There are 5 main components to the air conditioning system – The Compressor, Condenser, Receiver-dryer, Expansion valve and Evaporator. The fluid that runs through the system is the refrigerant and it’s now R-134A. Older vehicles may still use the R-12 refrigerant but that has been phased out due to its harm to the environment.
The Compressor is the workhorse of the air conditioning system. When the air conditioner is turned on, the compressor pumps refrigerant under high pressure to the condenser.
The Condenser is located in front of the engine’s radiator and looks very similar. The condenser is used to turn the high pressure gas into a liquid and heat is removed from this conversion by the air flowing through the condenser on the outside.
The liquid moves to the Receiver-dryer to remove any moisture that may have leaked into the refrigerant. Moisture in the system can cause damage by blocking lines and gumming up parts.
The liquid moves from the Receiver-dryer to the Evaporator. The evaporator is located in the passenger compartment and is responsible for pushing cold air into the cabin and pulling warm air our of the environment.
The evaporator then sends the warm air back to the compressor to start the process all over again.
Unfortunately, the air conditioning system is a delicate one with many feet of hose and a number of components under pressure. The smallest of leaks can cause the refrigerant to leak out causing the system to fail and possibly even damage to the main components.
We offer an A/C inspection and pressure test service to keep your car’s air conditioning system working in peak condition. Our ASE certified technician’s can handle any repairs necessary to keep you cool.