With summer vacation just around the corner, it is time to get your car ready for the warm weather. Having your air conditioning system checked is an auto repair must on your springtime to-do list. Even though air conditioning systems are fairly easy to understand, the process of servicing them is complicated, and best left to car repair specialist.   An car repair technician certified under the EPA Section 609 will know how to repair the ac and handle the refrigerant in the system. Refrigerant is formulated to transform hot air into cold air by absorbing heat when compressed and then releasing the heat to the outside air when passed through the condenser. Today’s refrigerants are CFC-free, but none-the-less toxic so fixing your car air conditioning system is not a do-it-yourself project. There are a number of reasons that your air conditioning may not be working properly some include the following:
  • The first and most obvious problem is a lack of refrigerant.
  • The compressor is the core of the car air conditioning system. Its job is to pressurize the refrigerant. The compressor is the one component that has several moving parts that can fail in a number of ways. One way the compressor can fail is if the clutch, that controls the flow of refrigerant, can wear down or fail for a variety of reasons. The bottom line is when the clutch fails; the car air conditioning system won’t provide cold air.
  • The condenser is located in front of your cars radiator. As the refrigerant passes through the small tubes in the condenser, it is cooled and releases hot gasses outside of the car. Any leaks, clogs or damage to the condenser will reduce its ability to cool the refrigerant.
  • The evaporator is located under the dashboard of your car. Air is blown over the evaporator containing the chilled refrigerant to provide the cool air that blows into the passenger compartment. A worn evaporator will cause poor AC performance.
Tuning up your car air conditioning is a job for your auto repair facility and a trained certified technician. If you live in Lafayette, IN, and the surrounding areas, contact Auto Specialty of Lafayette for any tune ups you may need. Our auto shop is equipped to repair, replace, and rebuild most components of your vehicle. Contact us at 765-477-7300 for more information about our car maintenance and auto repair services, including oil change, brake repair, and tire rotation.
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