If your car’s air conditioning system is not keeping you cool, don’t let the hot weather make you miserable. Get back to cruising in comfort. In the Encinitas, Oceanside, or Carlsbad areas, bring your car or truck to Premier Chevrolet of Carlsbad and we’ll get your AC working again.
There are a few warning signs you can watch for to know if your car's A/C needs to be serviced. Is your air conditioning blowing only slightly cooler than the air outside? Does your car AC blow air that smells like mildew or mold? Does your air conditioning have low airflow even at the highest fan setting? Is there water condensing or dripping on your foot while driving? If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t wait! If your car’s AC is working at reduced efficiency, it’s worth having it serviced. Taking care of your AC with regular maintenance can help you avoid more expensive AC repair costs down the road. Sometimes a simple and less costly fix is to simply add a new coolant.
Air conditioners need to be maintained just like the rest of your vehicle. Over time most car and truck air conditioning systems break with usage. Hoses that feed the A/C unit may crack, clog, or drip if not serviced. Air conditioning fittings can become loose, and O-rings and seals wear out. Regular maintenance will keep your system running smoothly and make sure that any other issues are taken care of before you end up on a road trip on a summer day without cold A/C. Other problems can also be caused by an unmaintained A/C. For example, an air conditioning system operating on low refrigerant due to a leak will eventually damage the compressor.
The Basics Behind A/C System Services
Car air conditioning systems promote a comfortable cabin interior and help prevent driver fatigue. During normal vehicle operation, a substantial amount of heat is created by the engine and exterior contributors like the road and sun. Your vehicle’s A/C system is responsible for cooling, purifying, and circulating air. Your air conditioning system works through a series of processes that involve refrigerants. In your vehicle, the refrigerant is responsible for removing heat from the cabin. Through several other components, such as the condenser, compressor, and evaporator, the liquid is again processed into a gas, pressurized, and vaporized before being released into the cabin as cool air.
What Does A/C Service Consist Of?
Like most aspects of car maintenance, treating a problem with your vehicle’s air conditioning system early can prevent other major repairs. Every A/C service starts with an inspection of the A/C components. A certified technician will test you’re A/C’s performance and controls and then conduct a state-of-the-art charge test. If a repair or recharge is needed, the technician will go over it with you. Things like loose or clogged hoses, or worn-out seals. If your car’s refrigerant level is low, a technician can recharge you’re A/C system with a refrigerant top-off.
Don’t sweat the heat with a broken A/C! Come by and let our friendly and professional technicians at Premier Chevrolet of Carlsbad run an A/C system check on your vehicle today. Call or go online to schedule your service appointment today!