Don’t Let Issues With Your Car AC Set You Back
It’s hot and you have a long drive ahead to your business meeting, but suddenly your auto air conditioning system is blowing warm air. Maybe you had some idea in the past month or so the AC wasn’t working right, but you weren’t sure.
This isn’t a scenario you will have to face if Parra Car Care is maintaining your vehicle.
With regular AC maintenance and preventative care at Parra Car Care, small problems will be identified before they become major breakdowns of the system like this.
Six Things To Know About An Auto Air Conditioning System
1. There Are Five Main Components To A Car AC System.
- Compressor: Located in the front of the vehicle and is responsible for putting the refrigerant under pressure. It compresses the gas to around 250 psi and increases the temperature at the same time.
- Condenser: A radiator-like part that the gas moves through once it has been heated up. The gas is converted to a liquid in the compressor as the heat is removed.
- Evaporator: Its job is to pull the refrigerant into the vacuum. The gas then gets cold.
- Thermal expansion valve: This valve changes the system from high pressure to low pressure, changing things from hot to cold.
- Drier or accumulator: It removes water that has entered the AC system. Without this step, ice crystals can form, which can damage the air conditioning unit.
2. There Is A Relationship Between Auto A/C System And Defrosting Your Windshield.
When you turn the defrost on in your car, maybe it never occurred to you that the AC system will be activated, much like a humidifier works in your home. The AC system condenses the moisture from the air into water, which is then vented through a drain hose and then out of the car. The AC system next pumps dry air into the car, so when you turn the defroster on, the dry air is pushed up toward the windshield. This aids in evaporating the moisture and your windshield is cleared so you can see.
3. In A Perfect World, The AC System In Your Car Should Never Need To Be Charged.
It’s a closed and isolated system, so it shouldn’t need to be serviced. But a perfect world doesn’t exist, and leaks do happen. Maybe a leak is due to corrosion to the AC condenser, which is exposed to things like salt and debris that damage the aluminum condenser. Or a rubber hose can be degraded by the heat. Sometimes other systems in the car had to be repaired that required the removal of parts of the AC system. Leaks can happen in the AC if the O-seals aren’t replaced properly or at all.
4. Stay Away From Store-Bought Cans Of Refrigerant.
The AC system in your vehicle is a precise system and requires an exact amount of refrigerant to work properly. The DIY recharge kits available often lead to DIY home mechanics overcharging or undercharging the system. This in turn damages the compressor and pressure switches. The sealers in the store-bought products often can’t be removed from the AC system once they are used. The result is they destroy the precision AC machines used by professionals. All in all, it’s not a good idea to purchase these cans of refrigerant and attempt this by yourself!
5. Refrigerant Improperly Used Can Impact The Environment.
Any refrigeration and AC applications can impact the environment in highly negative ways. Ozone depletion and global warming are two of those effects. Let the professionals deal with any AC issues both at home and in your car.
6. Not All Air Conditioning Issues Are Caused By Low Or No Refrigerant.
Drivers tend to blame AC problems on a lack of refrigerant, but sometimes they are electrical issues. These involve an entirely different level of expertise. Parra Car Care professionals are equipped to deal with either set of problems; let them handle your car AC repairs.
These six facts about your car air conditioning system support the knowledge that this system is highly complex and should be left to the pros when maintenance or repair is needed.
Parra Car Care Uses High-Tech Diagnostics For Auto AC Repair
Parra offers high-tech engine diagnostics and preventative car maintenance on all the components of your car’s AC and car heating systems. We thoroughly inspect and check for:
- Low coolant: It’s possible the refrigerant is low. Recharging the coolant simply means adding new refrigerant to the system so it will blow cold air again.
- Leaks: A check for leaks or damage to hoses in the system will be done first. If no leaks are found, the refrigerant in the AC system is evacuated, and new refrigerant will be added. Then the system will be tested.
- Filter: The filter will be checked and changed if necessary. The filter keeps contaminants from the air you are breathing in the car as well as out of the AC system. A clogged filter also increases gas usage.
- Measuring the temperature in the passenger cabin: It is possible the thermostat is malfunctioning. The manufacturer’s specifications for the AC will be checked.
But if the car is overheating or the windows are fogging up, a bigger repair may be needed. The AC compressor belt may have cracks or the compressor itself might be bad, which can be expensive and time-consuming. Whatever it is, Parra will suggest the appropriate solution and offer appropriate auto repairs to get you back on the road in comfort.
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If you haven’t already done it, add an auto air conditioning inspection to your list of routine maintenance work. Ask our service staff to set a schedule of routine AC maintenance checks for your vehicle today.
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Warning Signs of Car AC Problems Ahead
Pay attention to these red flags in your car’s AC system. Caught in time, it’s possible the repair might be an easy fix that won’t cost too much. But if ignored, you could be left in the heat:
- Water inside the car, especially on the floorboards. This could indicate a blocked vent or hose somewhere in the AC system. Water leads to unpleasant smells and mildew. Get it checked right away.
- Fluttering sounds or other new, unusual noises. A piece of debris, like a leaf, could be stuck in the vent somewhere.
- Warm or weak airflow from the AC vents. There might be a blockage in the system or the compressor may need to be replaced.
- The AC light on the dashboard comes on. Often, drivers make the assumption the light is faulty. Have it checked out to make sure.
Today’s car AC systems are complicated systems that most DIY mechanics are not capable of diagnosing or repairing themselves. Watch for these warning signs and get help at Parra Car Care as soon as you can.
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Servicing your car disrupts your schedule. We offer a solution: Our free pick up and drop off service at your home or office. In this way, you can carry on with your responsibilities for the day at home or work.
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Whether you’re driving a brand-new sports car or a beat-up old sedan, automotive maintenance is something you can’t afford to ignore. However, it’s no secret that scheduling this work can be an inconvenience. If you’re already juggling the responsibilities that come with your job and family, fitting transmission service into your daily routine can feel nearly impossible.
To make scheduling difficulties as minimal as we can for our customers, Parra Car Care offers a complimentary shuttle service to people who live and work in the area. Instead of waiting at our garage for your service to be completed, you can get right back to your work while we take care of your vehicle’s maintenance needs.